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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
WWI
1918
Dunseith, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 22

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

Buried at Dunseith, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Sheldon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery C, 41st Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 25

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

Buried at Sheldon, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Vang, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 25

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

Buried at Vang, 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 C, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Oct. 15, 1918.

Buried in Grave 22, Row 16, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Flora, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 22nd Company, 6th Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 15, 1918 / Age: 22

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

Buried at Flora, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Gwinner, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried at Gwinner, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Leith, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: USS Mercy
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 19

Died at Yorktown, Va., on Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried, Leith, N. Dak.

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

Arthur Gorder
1918
Carbury, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 125th Field Artillery Regiment, 34th Division
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia at Liverpool, England, on Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried, Grave 6, Row 2, Block D, Brookwood American Cemetery, Brookwood, England.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Ashley, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 352nd Infantry Regiment, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, at Hericourt, France, on Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried, Grave 28, Row 14, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Carson, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 28

Died on Oct. 14, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Remains returned to U. S. Sept. 26, 1921, and buried at Carson, N. Dak.

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

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