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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:
1365
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 128th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried in Grave 28, Row 22, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery F, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2895 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Mountain, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery C, 40th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of broncho pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried at Mountain, N. Dak.

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

St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 23rd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 26

Died, Oct. 12, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, Grave 25, Row 10, Block A, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, 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: Company E, 38th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 12, 1918.

Buried, Grave 30, Row 7, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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: Company A, Development Battalion No. 1
Date of Loss: October 12, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 12, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 3183 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Leonard, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 27

Died on pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried at Leonard, N. Dak.

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

Claude Bartew
1918
Petersburg, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 327th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Division
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action, on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried in Grave 16, Row 8, Block B, Argonne-American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Harlow, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, Development Battalion No. 1, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of pneumonia at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried at Harlow, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Cando, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 11, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 11, 1918.

Buried at Cando, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as George C Cook.

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