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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 27, 1926
Date of death: December 10, 1964
Age: 38

Lucky Bag

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From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Thomas Neil Bakke

Denver, Colorado

It was said that some of the Navy's best material came from the West; Big Tom was proof. From Colorado, via Denver University's gridiron, came our 1950 varsity football captain; an honor bestowed upon him second class year. In spite of threatening everyone with a lacrosse stick during the spring, he won the respect, friendship, and overwhelming admiration of all hands. Possessing natural ability as a leader, Tom was well saturated with Navy salt as an ensign in the USNR. Perseverance, coupled with his capacity for hard work, emphasizes the value Tom will be to whichever branch of Service he enters upon graduation.

He was also an officer of the Varsity ’N’ club.


Tom was lost when his B-57 crashed on takeoff from Patrick AFB, Florida, on December 10, 1964. The other crewman was also killed.

Tom is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his first wife, who died in 1960. He remarried and was survived by his wife and five children.


Tom was an assistant coach at the US Air Force Academy from 1958-1961.

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