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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
Northwood`, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Students Army Training Corps
Date of Loss: November 25, 1918 / Age: 18

Died of pneumonia, at Northfield, Minn., on Nov. 25, 1918.

Buried, Northwood, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: November 22, 1918

Died of the Flu

Buried at Island Lake Cemetery

Rolette ND

Name include on ND All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol Bismarck

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, Student Army Training Corps
Date of Loss: November 22, 1918 / Age: 29

Died of pneumonia on Nov. 22, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2657 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Field Remount Squadron No. 325
Date of Loss: November 20, 1918 / Age: 20

Died of pneumonia on Nov. 20, 1918.

Buried, Grave 2, Row 32, Block A, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

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

1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: November 19, 1918

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

Name included on the Richland County Memorial at County Court House. With *

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division
Date of Loss: November 18, 1918
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Date of Loss: November 18, 1918 / Age: 19

Buried at Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan, New Jersey.

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

Information NOT found in the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 356th Infantry
Date of Loss: November 17, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia, on Nov. 17, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Feb. 18, 1921, and consigned to G. W. Floyd, West Plains, Mo. (place of burial not given).

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: 303rd Mechanics Repair Shop, Motor Transport Corps
Date of Loss: November 17, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia on Nov. 17, 1918.

Buried in Grave 34, Row 11, Block A, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

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

1918
Fairmount, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Date of Loss: November 16, 1918

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND. Listed as John A. Decker.

Information found on page 212 in the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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