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Conflict: World War I

"World War I caused change in North Dakota and the rest of the world. After the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 the state was reluctant in having the United States enter the war. Whether it was because one-fifth of the state's population were German immigrants or not, many North Dakotans were isolationists, not wanting to be involved in someone else's war so far away. After the United States broke ties and declared war on Germany, the state rallied in support of the war effort. Many young men went to war, which left a shortage of farm laborers in the state which was promoting the planting of every possible acre in order to help feed the world during the war. Inflation was high and so were grain prices, but unfortunately, below average rainfall caused below average crop yields during the war years."

A tight-knit German community existed in North Dakota. This community consisted of/descended from German migrants from Russia. Russia had invited Germans to settle and introduce advanced farming methods to the area around the Volga in the 18th century; these Germans migrated to America when Russia began to decrease their autonomy and to assimilate them in the late 19th century. This community was the target of anti-German persecution throughout the war.

Over 28,000 North Dakotans went to war; 474 were killed in battle.

Data and pictures primarily retrieved from Faces From the Wall, American Battle Monuments CommissionWorld War I Centennial Commemoration and World War I in Photos: A Century Later.

We are in the process of adding all of North Dakota's Heroes. Feel free to contact us with photos or information about a Veteran and we will add it as the page continues to be updated. Heroes are sorted by date of death or disappearance. To find a specific Hero, search for them by name in the search bar at the top right corner of the page.

WWI
1920
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Division Engineer Train
Date of Loss: September 27, 1920 / Age: 25

Died on Sept. 27, 1920, surgical shock following operation.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

1919
Lidgerwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 350th Infantry
Date of Loss: June 28, 1919 / Age: 25

Died at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D. C., on June 28, 1919.

Buried in Movius Cemetery, Lidgerwood, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

WWI
1919
Fergus Falls, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 238th Company, Military Police Corps
Date of Loss: June 26, 1919 / Age: 33

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Merritt, N. J., on June 26, 1919.

Buried at Fergus Falls, Minn.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

WWI
1919
Bismarck, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Field Hospital Company No. 13
Date of Loss: June 26, 1919 / Age: 20

Died at First Embarkation Hospital, Hoboken, N. J., on June 26, 1919.

Buried at Bismarck, N. Dak.

Name NOT included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

WWI
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery E, 18th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: June 14, 1919 / Age: 32

Accidentally killed at Palch, Germany, June 14, 1919.

Buried at Marn, Germany. Remains returned to U. S. Oct. 4, 1920, and buried in Grave 656, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

WWI
1919
Valley City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Training Station, Hampton Roads, Va.
Date of Loss: June 8, 1919 / Age: 15

Died of diphtheria at Great Lakes, Ill, on June 8, 1919.

Buried at Valley City, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 875th Aero Squadron
Date of Loss: June 1, 1919
WWI
1919
Valley City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: May 18, 1919 / Age: 19

Died at Hoboken, N. J., on May 18, 1919.

Buried at Valley City, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

1919
Bartlett, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: April 24, 1919

Died in an accident.

WWI
1919
Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Heavy Artillery Motor Ordnance Repair Shop
Date of Loss: April 6, 1919 / Age: 27

Died at Coblenz, Germany, on April 6, 1919.

Buried at Coblenz, Germany. Remains returned to U. S. July 29, 1920, and buried at Fargo, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

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