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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
1919
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: March 22, 1919 / Age: 22

Accidentally killed by passenger train, in France, on March 22, 1919.

Remains returned to U. S. on July 7, 1922, and consigned to James Laughlin, Grand Forks, N. Dak. (place of burial not given).

WWI
1919
Lakeview, MI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 115th Infantry
Date of Loss: March 20, 1919 / Age: 23

Died at US Base Hospital No. 69, Army Postoffice No. 939, Savenay, France, March 20, 1919.

Remains returned to U. S. Oct. 6, 1920, and buried at Winfield Cemetery, Lakeview, Mich.

WWI
1919
Bismarck, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 40th Company, Transportation Corps
Date of Loss: March 16, 1919 / Age: 34

Died of typhoid fever on March 16, 1919.

Remains returned to U. S. on May 31, 1921, and buried in Grave 1785, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 67th Company, Transportation Corps
Date of Loss: March 16, 1919 / Age: 28

Died of typhoid fever on March 16, 1919.

Buried, Grave 3, Row 31, Block F, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 339th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: March 14, 1919 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia on March 14, 1919.

Buried, Grave 26, Row 16, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1919
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: March 11, 1919

Died of Flu in Naval Hospital USA

Buried at Troy Cemetery Crosby ND

Name include on ND All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol Bismarck

WWI
1919
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Medical Corps
Date of Loss: March 9, 1919 / Age: 41

Died at Camp Hospital No. 40, Anur Rest Camp, Liverpool, England, on March 9, 1919.

Buried in Cemetery No. 288, Liverpool, England. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 23, 1920, and buried at Grand Forks, N. Dak., on Sept. 7, 1920.

WWI
1919
Wadena, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 54th Infantry
Date of Loss: March 3, 1919 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia on March 3, 1919.

Remains returned to U. S. June 14, 1921, and buried at Wadena, Minn.

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

WWI
1919
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: February 20, 1919 / Age: 21

Died of pneumonia on Feb. 20, 1919.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Nov. 10, 1920, and buried at Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1919
Starkweather, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 6th Veterinary Hospital
Date of Loss: February 18, 1919

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