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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.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 47th Infantry
Date of Loss: August 4, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Aug. 4, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1638 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

1918
Kindred, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 14th Company, 4th Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: August 4, 1918 / Age: 29

Died at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Aug. 4, 1918.

Buried, Christiania Cemetery, Kindred, N. Dak.

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

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery Belleau, France
1918
Oakes, ND
World War I - MIA
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division
Date of Disappearance: August 1, 1918 / Age: 30

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

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

Information found in Volume 2, page 1231 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
Erie, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division
Date of Loss: July 31, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of wounds received in action, on July 31, 1918.

Buried, Grave 23, Row 9, Block B, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

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

Oscar Ekstrom
1918
Harvey, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 7th Machine Gun Battalion, 3rd Division
Date of Loss: July 31, 1918
Somme American Cemetery Bony, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Date of Loss: July 30, 1918
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: July 30, 1918 / Age: 31

Died on July 30, 1918, sub-pectoral abscess, left side.

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

Walter Keefe
1918
Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 30, 1918 / Age: 18

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WWI
1918
Suresnes, Seine, France
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 30, 1918 / Age: 17

Died on July 30, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, Grave 26, Row 8, Block B, Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, Seine, 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: Machine Gun Company, 168th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 30, 1918 / Age: 25

Killed in action on July 30, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. July 20, 1921, and buried Grave 3073, European Section, National Cemeterym Arlington, Va.

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

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