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Conflict: World War I

WWI: July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918

"World War I caused change in North Dakota and the rest of the world. After the outbreak of war in Europe July 28,1914 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.

Criteria to determine residence: Location of burial or family residence at time of death, residence at time of enlistment, then place of birth.

State Heroes Total:
1520
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 24, 1918 / Age: 32

Died of broncho pneumonia on Oct. 24, 1918.

Buried, Grave 37, Row 41, Block D, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

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

WWI
1918
Big Bend, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 210th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, at Fort Riley, Kans., on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried at Big Bend, Wis.

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

Brookwood American Cemetery Brookwood, England
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 329th Aero Service Squadron
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of disease at Salisbury Plains, England, on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried, Grave 12, Row 5, Block C, Brookwood American Cemetery, Brookwood, England.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Oberon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried, Grave 14, Row 28, Block F, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 137th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of cerebro spinal meningitis, at Turleville, France, on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried at Turleville, France; remains returned to U. S. on July 19, 1921, and buried in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, N. Dak.

WWI
1918
Valley City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 118th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 26

Died, Oct. 23, 1918, at Surrey, England, of wounds received in action.

Remains returned to U. S. on June 2, 1920, and buried at Valley City, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 13th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action at Mt. Falcon, France, on Oct. 23, 1918.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Faribault, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 12th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of broncho pneumonia, on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried, Grave 12, Row 3, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Ambulance Company No. 352, 313th Sanitary Train, Medical Department
Date of Loss: October 23, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 23, 1918.

Buried, Grave 16, Row 45, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Lisbon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 303rd Field Signal Battalion
Date of Loss: October 22, 1918 / Age: 29

Killed in action on Oct. 22, 1918.

Buried in France. Reburied at Lisbon, N. Dak.

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

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