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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:
1259
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 305th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 25

Killed in action in Argonne drive, on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried in Grave 36, Row 11, Block H, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Wyndmere, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 11th Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 13, 1918, at Camp Custer, Mich.

Buried Wyndmere, 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 G, 14th Ammunition Train
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of bronchial pneumonia, on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 9 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Wessington, SD
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 31st Company, 8th Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 270 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Marinette, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 5th Personnel Office, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Marinette, Wis.

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

WWI
1918
Cannon Falls, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 118th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, at Bellecreek, Minn., on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Cannon Falls, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 11th Depot Battalion, Signal Corps
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1121 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Edwin P. Hagen
1918
Amidon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery F, 2nd Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1279 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of influenza, on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1387 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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