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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:
1110
WWI
1918
Elbowoods, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 22, September Automatic Replacement Draft
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 7, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Oct. 12, 1920, and buried at Elbowoods, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 33rd Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 7, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2442 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 40th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of bronchial pneumonia on Oct. 7, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2603 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918

Died of the Flu

Buried in Shawano County Wisconsin

Name include on ND All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol Bismarck

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 12th Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 7, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 3434 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

1918
Lidgerwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company 161st Depot
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of Pneumonia on October 7, 1918 at Camp Grant Illinois.

Buried Lidgerwood, Richland County, North Dakota.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Underwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried in Grave 40, Row 25, Block F, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

1918
Minot, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, Development Battalion No. 2
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 258 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Training Company, 13th Main Training Depot
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 328 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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