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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:
1181
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
Ryder, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Corps of Engineers
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918

Died in an accident.

Garrett H. Jones
1918
Bantry, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 335th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 22

Died at Vauclaire, France, of broncho pneumonia, on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Vauclaire, 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: Medical Department
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 18

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Fargo, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Kulm, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Air Service
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia at Fort Wayne, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Kulm, N. Dak.

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: Company D, 338th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried in Grave 35, Row 23, 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
1918
Bottineau, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action, on Oct. 12, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 16, 1921, and buried in Nordlands Cemetery, Bottineau, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 308th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Verdun, 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: Company B, 61st Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried, Grave 36, Row 9, Block E, 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: Company C, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried in Grave 28, Row 22, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery F, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2895 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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