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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
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 14th Ammunition Train
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 11, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1415 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Garrison, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, Military Police, 14th Division
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 11, 1918, at Camp Custer, Mich.

Burial, Garrison, N. Dak.

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

1918
Colfax, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918

Died of disease.

Gerald V. Johnson
1918
Hettinger, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 326th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Division
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried, Grave 4, Row 13, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

Clem Kreitel
1918
Napoleon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried in Grave 1, Row 12, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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 A, Development Battalion No. 1
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 11, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2127 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Towner, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 14th Ammunition Train
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried at Towner, N. Dak.

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

1918
Wahpeton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery B 41st Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of Broncho pneumonia at Camp Custer Michigan on October 11, 1918. Buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Brushvale, Minnesota.

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: 36th Company, 9th Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 11, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2605 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 10th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 11, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2755 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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