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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:
1181
WWI
1918
Flaxton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 40th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 8, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 8, 1918.

Buried, Flaxton, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Reynolds, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, Replacement Depot Battalion, Signal Corps
Date of Loss: October 8, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 8, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Nov. 3, 1920, and buried at Reynolds, N. Dak.

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: 58th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 29

Killed in action at Argonne, France, on Oct. 7, 1918.

Buried in Grave 16, Row 5, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Machine Gun Company, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 32

Killed in action on Oct. 7, 1918.

Buried, Grave 4, Row 18, Block F, 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: Navy
Company/Division: Dunwoody Naval Training Institute
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 20

Died at Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 7, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 562 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Inkster, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 313th Sanitary Train
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of influenza on Oct. 7, 1918.

Buried, Harricourt, France, Grave 50. Remains returned to U. S. Oct. 31, 1921, and buried at Inkster, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Neche, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 24

Died on Oct. 7, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in France. Reburied at Hydepark, Pembina county, N. Dak.

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

St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 34

Died on Oct. 7, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, Grave 13, Row 11, Block N, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meaurthe-et-Moselle, France.

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

WWI
1918
New Salem, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 7, 1918.

Buried at New Salem, N. Dak.

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

1918
Schafer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 14th Trench Mortar Battery
Date of Loss: October 7, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 7, 1918.

Buried at Schafer, N. Dak.

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

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