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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.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918
St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1918
Drayton, ND
World War I - MIA
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division
Date of Disappearance: September 26, 1918

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Mandan, ND
World War I - MIA
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Disappearance: September 26, 1918

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 140th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action in Meuse-Argonne, on Sept. 26, 1918.

Buried in Grave 24, Row 25, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 138th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918 / Age: 30

Killed in action on Sept. 26, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 1, 1921, and consigned to Mrs. Kate Smith, Kansas City, Mo.; (place of burial unknown).

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

Nels T. Wold
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 138th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Sept. 26, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 3510 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action, Sept. 26, 1918, Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Buried, Grave 2, Row 9, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Portal, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division
Date of Loss: September 25, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Napoleon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: September 25, 1918
1918
Killdeer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: September 24, 1918 - Approximate date only

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