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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.

State Heroes Total:
1259
WWI
1931
Belcourt, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Canadian Forestry Corps
Date of Loss: September 21, 1931 / Age: 36

Declared legally dead by the District Court of Burleigh county, on Sept. 21, 1931.

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

WWI
1923
Starbuck, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 9, 1923 / Age: 30

Died, Sept. 9, 1923, of pneumonia, at Dalton, Nebr.

Buried at Starbuck, Minn.

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

WWI
1923
Washburn, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: January 15, 1923 / Age: 32

Died at the US Veterans Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 15, 1923.

Buried at Washburn, N. Dak., Jan. 20, 1923.

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

WWI
1922
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Medical Department
Date of Loss: July 23, 1922 / Age: 22

Died at Edgeley, N. Dak., on July 23, 1922.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2997 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1922
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Supply Company, 13th Infantry
Date of Loss: June 26, 1922 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia on June 26, 1922, at Oroville, Wash.

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

WWI
1921
Gardar, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Date of Loss: October 11, 1921 / Age: 23

Died from accident in old wound, on Oct. 11, 1921.

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

WWI
1921
Jamestown, NY
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: June 22, 1921 / Age: 33

Died at Jamestown, N. Y., on June 22, 1921.

Buried in Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, N. Y.

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

WWI
1920
Marshall, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery C, 124th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: November 18, 1920 / Age: 28

Died at State Hospital, Jamestown, on Nov. 18, 1920, and buried in the Marshall Cemetery, at Marshall, N. Dak., on Nov. 20, 1920.

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

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.

WWI
1920
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 19th Division, Supply Train
Date of Loss: July 25, 1920 / Age: 30

Died at Grand Forks, N. Dak., on July 25, 1920.

Buried at Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

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