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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.

Jacob Geyer
1918
Sheyenne, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918 / Age: 29

Killed in action on Oct. 2, 1918.

Buried, in Grave 12, Row 3, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

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: October 2, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action, on Oct. 2, 1918.

Buried, Grave 37, Row 16, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

1918
Berlin, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918

Killed in action.

1918
Kramer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 352nd Infantry Regiment, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia, on Oct. 2, 1918.

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

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Napolean, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918
WWI
1918
Northwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 23rd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action, at Mont Blanc Ridge, Champagne Sector, on Oct. 2, 1918.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918 / Age: 30

Killed in action on Oct. 2, 1918.

Grave unlocated.

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: Battery C, 107th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918 / Age: 26

Killed in action on Oct. 2, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Sept. 6, 1921, and buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918

Died at Camp Grant, IL

Richard Blue Earth
1918
Cannon Ball, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 1918

He became a noted sniper and, in the performance of this duty, died with a German bullet between the eyes, in October, 1918, somewhere south of Sedan in the Argonne Forest.

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