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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:
1110
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 33rd Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 10, 1918 / Age: 21

Died at Camp Grant, Ill., on Oct. 10, 1918.

Buried, Mercer county.

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. 350, 313th Sanitary Train
Date of Loss: October 10, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 10, 1918.

Buried, Grave 25, Row 25, Block G, 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: Headquarters Company, 339th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 10, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 10, 1918.

Buried, Grave 29, 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
New Ulm, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 10, 1918 / Age: 19

Killed in action on Oct. 10, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 1, 1921, and buried in Catholic Cemetery, New Ulm, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
Davenport, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, Camp MacArthur, Texas, September Automatic Replacement Draft
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of broncho pneumonia, at Kerhuon, France, on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in American Cemetery No. 531, Lambezellec, France. Remains returned to U. S. on July 15, 1920, and buried at Davenport, N. Dak.

John Bonnett
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 25

Killed in action on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 12, 1921, and consigned to Mrs. Isabelle Howelsen, Grand Forks, N. Dak. (place of burial not given).

WWI
1918
Newry, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 132nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 31

Killed in action on Oct. 9, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Sept. 12, 1921, and buried at Newry, Minn.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as Clarence A Butler.

1918
Minto, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918
George T. Christensen
1918
Flaxton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Motor Truck Company No. 471, 418th Motor Supply Train
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 21

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 9, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. May 31, 1921, and buried at Flaxton, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Landa, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 1, Fort Leavenworth September Automatic Replacement Draft
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia, at St. Nazaire, France, on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in Base Cemetery 21, Grave 754, Plot G. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 22, 1920, and buried at Landa, N. Dak.

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