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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:
1435
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).

Ole O. Greslivold
1918
Welseth [sic], ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia, at Chavannes les Granda, France, on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried, Grave 23, Row 8, Block F, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Mooreton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Machine Gun Company, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 23

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

Buried at Mooreton, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Church's Ferry, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 4th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action, on Oct. 13, 1918.

Place of burial unknown.

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

WWI
1918
Buxton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 35, 9th Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 25

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

Buried at Buxton, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Ardoch, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Training Station, Seattle, Wash.
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia at Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried at Ardoch, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Hankinson, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Supply Company, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 24

Died at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 13, 1918.

Buried at Lutheran cemetery, Hankinson, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Tagus, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Supple Company, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 13, 1918 / Age: 24

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

Buried at Tagus, N. Dak.

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

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