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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
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried, Grave 1, Row 41, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Valley City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 23

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

Buried at Valley City, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
South Superior, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 14, 1918 / Age: 25

Killed in action, Oct. 14, 1918.

Buried, Grave 3, Row 43, Block B, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Troy, SD
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 21

Killed in action in battle of Argonne, on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 3, 1921, and buried in Grave 2736, European Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: SS Pioneer
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 20

Died in Naval Hospital, New York, on Oct. 13, 1918.

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

WWI
1918
Klara, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 50th Company, 13th Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried at Klara, N. Dak.

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

Ward Bullis
1918
Lidgerwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Marines
Company/Division: Service of Supply Hospital
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 20

Died of wounds on Oct. 13, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 446 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Elbowoods, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Veterinary Corps, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of broncho pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried at Elbowoods, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Spirit Lake, IA
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 12th Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of broncho pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried at Spirit Lake, Iowa.

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

1918
Wolford, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 25

Died on Oct. 13, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in American Cemetery, Bozoilles, Vosges, France. Remains returned to Norway, and consigned to Mrs. Arma Rosindrson Gjertson, Raranger, Norway. (place of burial not given).

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