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Conflict: World War I

WWI: July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918

"World War I caused change in North Dakota and the rest of the world. After the outbreak of war in Europe July 28,1914 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.

Criteria to determine residence: Location of burial or family residence at time of death, residence at time of enlistment, then place of birth.

State Heroes Total:
1520
WWI
1918
Minto, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 2, Fort Leavenworth September Automatic Replacement Draft, Signal Corps
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 18

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 17, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Oct. 6, 1920, and buried at Minto, 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 B, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Oct. 17, 1918.

Buried in France. Grave unlocated.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Milton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 17, 1918.

Buried in Grave 23, Row 46, Block D, 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: Battery A, 42nd Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 17, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2395 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Ruthven, IA
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 137th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, Oct. 17, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Aug. 30, 1920, and buried in Grave 348, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

WWI
1918
Hatton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery D, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 17, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2996 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Ross, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 210th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 17, 1918, at Camp Funston, Kans.

Buried, Ross, 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, 5th Limited Service Regiment
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 17, 1918.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as John F Thieland.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 15th Service Company, Signal Corps, Casual Detachment
Date of Loss: October 17, 1918 / Age: 20

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 17, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Sept. 3, 1920, and buried in Grave 432, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

WWI
1918
Wilton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 313th Ammunition Train
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 16, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Oct. 31, 1921, and buried in Grave 3809, European Section, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

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