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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.

Carl J. Heille
1918
Casselton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 151st Field Artillery Regiment, 42nd Division
Date of Loss: October 26, 1918
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
Jamestown, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 163rd Infantry Regiment, 41st Division
Date of Loss: October 25, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Woonan Divide [sic] (possibly Noonan, Divide County), ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 313th Supply Trains, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 24, 1918
Brookwood American Cemetery Brookwood, England
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 329th Aero Squadron
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Murdock [sic], ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918

Died of disease.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Harey [sic] (possibly Harvey), ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 7th Machine Gun Battalion, 3rd Division
Date of Loss: October 21, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Alkabo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 352nd Infantry Regiment, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 21, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 327th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Division
Date of Loss: October 20, 1918
Brookwood American Cemetery Brookwood, England
1918
Mercer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 113th Sanitary Trains, 38th Division
Date of Loss: October 20, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Date of Loss: October 18, 1918

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