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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
Kramer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: January 19, 1919 / Age: 23

Died of pleurisy on Jan. 19, 1919, at Hospital No. 29, Martinguey-les-Baines, France, and buried at same place.

Remains returned to U. S. June 23, 1921, and buried in Grave 2919, European Section, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

WWI
1919
Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: January 17, 1919 / Age: 25

Died of broncho pneumonia, Jan. 17, 1919.

Buried in Grave 468, Cemetery 6, Bazailles sur Meuse, France. Remains returned to U. S. May 31, 1921, and buried in Springvale Cemetery, three miles north of Fargo, N. Dak.

WWI
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Base Hospital No. 68
Date of Loss: January 16, 1919 / Age: 38

Died of meningitis, on Jan. 16, 1919.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 87 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1919
Wilton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: January 12, 1919 / Age: 19

Died of wounds received in action, Jan. 12, 1919.

Buried at Bazoilles, France. Remains returned to U.S. on Dec. 16, 1921, and buried in Riverview Cemetery, Wilton, N. Dak.

Homer P. Johnson
1919
Brisbane, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: January 11, 1919

Died of disease.

WWI
1919
Oberon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Quartermaster Corps
Date of Loss: January 9, 1919 / Age: 18

Died of pneumonia, at New York, N. Y., on Jan. 9, 1919.

Buried at Oberon, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1919
Nome, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Provost Guard Company
Date of Loss: January 2, 1919 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Jan. 2, 1919.

Buried at Nome, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as John E Barstad.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: December 30, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of heart disease on Dec. 30, 1918.

Buried in American Cemetery No. 22, Savenay, France. Remains returned to U. S. Jan. 24, 1922, and buried Grave 4191, European Section, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Supply Company, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: December 26, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Dec. 26, 1918.

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

WWI
1918
Urbana, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 1st Gas Regiment
Date of Loss: December 25, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia, at Base Hospital No. 15, Chaumont, France, on Dec. 25, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. June 6, 1921, and buried at Spiritwood, N. Dak.

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

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