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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
St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1919
South Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: US Army Air Service School
Date of Loss: February 5, 1919 / Age: 58

Died at Camp Hospital No. 24, AEF, on Feb. 5, 1919.

Buried, Grave 6, Row 9. Block B, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

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

WWI
1919
Bismarck, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery D, 41st Field Artillery
Date of Loss: February 4, 1919 / Age: 28

Died at Base Hospital, Camp Custer, Mich., on Feb. 4, 1919, from peritonitis.

Buried, Fairview cemetery, Bismarck, N. Dak., Feb. 7, 1919.

Name NOT included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

St. Mihiel American Cemetery Thiaucourt, France
1919
McHenry, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery B, 1st Trench Mortar Battalion
Date of Loss: February 3, 1919 / Age: 21

Died at Mesves Hospital Center, Army Postoffice No. 798, France, on Feb. 3, 1919.

Buried, Grave 36, Row 1, Block C, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

WWI
1919
Cando, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 26th Engineers
Date of Loss: February 3, 1919 / Age: 28

Died of broncho pneumonia, at Bordeaux, France, on Feb. 3, 1919.

Buried at Gironde, France. Remains returned to U. S. on Nov. 10, 1920, and buried at Cando, N. Dak.

WWI
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Salvage Division, Quartermaster Corps
Date of Loss: January 29, 1919 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia on Jan. 29, 1919.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2307 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

William J. Blair
1919
Langdon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: January 25, 1919 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia at Bazoilles-Sur-Meuse, France, on Jan. 25, 1919.

Buried, Grave 29, Row 16, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Carl W. Ellingson
1919
Reynolds, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Field Hospital No. 128, 107th Sanitary Train
Date of Loss: January 25, 1919 / Age: 29

Died at Coblenz, Germany, on Jan. 25, 1919.

Buried at Coblenz, Germany. Remains returned to U. S. on July 29, 1920, and consigned to Swen Ellingson, Reynolds, N. Dak. (place of burial not given).

WWI
1919
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company No. 12, 3rd Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: January 23, 1919 / Age: 18

Died of pneumonia at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on Jan. 23, 1919.

Buried at Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1919
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Medical Detachment
Date of Loss: January 22, 1919 / Age: 23

Died of influenza on Jan. 22, 1919.

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

WWI
1919
Kramer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: January 19, 1919 / Age: 23

Died of pleurisy on Jan. 19, 1919, at Hospital No. 29, Martinguey-les-Baines, France, and buried at same place.

Remains returned to U. S. June 23, 1921, and buried in Grave 2919, European Section, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

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