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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
Grafton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 6th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 30

Died on Oct. 16, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in France. Reburied, Grave 3211, European Section, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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

WWI
1918
Volga, SD
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery A, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 16, 1918.

Buried at Volga, S. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Air Station, Rockaway Beach
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 23

Died at Rockaway Beach, L. I., N. Y., on Oct. 16, 1918.

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

WWI
1918
Clifford, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 16, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. May 31, 1921, and buried at Clifford, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 338th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia at La Grande, France, on Oct. 16, 1918.

Buried, Chantville, France; reburied at Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Boyd, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 139th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 22

Died on Oct. 16, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, Grave 37, Row 9, Block B, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Erie, IL
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 313th Military Police
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 16, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on June 6, 1921, and buried in Erie Cemetery, Erie, Ill.

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

WWI
1918
Roy, SD
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 113th Supply Train
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 16, 1918.

Buried at sea.

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

WWI
1918
Rutland, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 16, 1918.

Buried at Rutland, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Breckenridge, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 305th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 16, 1918 / Age: 24

Died on Oct. 16, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in France; remains returned to U. S. on July 25, 1921, and buried in Riverside Cemetery, Breckenridge, Minn.

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