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Lieut Ira Odell Bakken
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Birth: Dec. 30, 1919
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1944

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USAAF
Ira married Odell Georgetta Spofford 4-21-1942
~~Lieutenant Ira Odell Bakken, U.S. Army, born December 30, 1919; son of Mr. and Mrs. Iver Bakken, Benson, Minnesota; survived also by his widow of Long Prairie, Minnesota; attended Luther 1938-1939; killed in action in the Southwest Pacific in November, 1944.

~~Ira was a member of the "Red Raiders," a bomber group of B-26 Marauder crews that flew in the Pacific theater during World War II.

His plane had gone down on a 1944 mission over Borneo when a flaming Japanese Zero fighter slammed into the bomber, sending both crashing to the ground. Bakken, a lieutenant and navigator, was one of 10 crew members lost. 
 
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 Parents:
  Iver Olson Bakken (1875 - 1954)
  Florence Bakken Rubin (1893 - 1990)
 
 Spouse:
  Opal Georgetta Spofford Bakken Pargment (1919 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Long Prairie
Todd County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: kateb
Record added: Feb 14, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105192892
Lieut Ira Odell Bakken
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Lieut Ira Odell Bakken
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- Janet Stephenson
 Added: Aug. 8, 2016
Thank you Ira for your service and courage
- tombstonegal
 Added: Aug. 1, 2015
 
 
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