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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:
1381
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 326th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 38

Killed in action Oct. 15, 1918, at St. Juvin, France.

Buried, Grave 34, Row 18, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 326th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Division
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918
WWI
1918
Langdon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 13th Company, 4th Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried at Langdon, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Regent, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 40th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried at Regent, 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: 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 4th Company, 1st Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 25

Died on pneumonia on Oct. 15, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1218 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Glen Ullin, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried, Grave 31, Row 20, Block A, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

Charles A. Hoff
1918
Fort Ransom, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 8, 1921, and buried at Fort Ransom, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Ryder, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery C, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried at Ryder, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Long Prairie, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 15, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1630 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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