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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:
1104
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 339th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried, Grave 28, Row 24, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemeter, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Willow City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: School for Bakers and Cooks, Camp Custer, Mich.
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried at Willow City, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Walcott, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia at Camp Hancock, Ga., on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried at Walcott, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Ashley, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Evacuation Hospital No. 10
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. Aug. 8, 1921, and buried at Ashley, 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 F, 328th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 21

Killed in action on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried at Argonne Woods. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 12, 1921, and consigned to Mr. Reppeto, Depot Agent, Esmond, N. Dak. (place of burial unknown).

WWI
1918
Portal, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery D, 5th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 19

Died on Oct. 9, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in Grave 150, Section 18, Block 3, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France. Reburied at Portal, N. Dak.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 2, 1st Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 9, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2790 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Wendell, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 27

Died, Oct. 9, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 15, 1921, and buried in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Wendell, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
Hilendal, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia, Oct. 9, 1918, at Base Hospital, Camp Custer Mich.

Buried in Hilendal Cemetery, Hilendal township, Richland county, North Dakota.

WWI
1918
Fairmount, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 26th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 20

Killed in action on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in France. Reburied at Fairmount, N. Dak.

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

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