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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:
1110
WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 13, 1918 / Age: 22

Died on Sept. 13, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 1, 1921, and consigned to John F. Heinz, Holdingford, Minn. (place of burial unknown)

WWI
1918
Valley City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 13, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Sept. 13, 1918.

Buried in France; Remains returned to U. S. on June 28, 1921, and reburied in Woodbine Cemetery, Valley City, 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, 14th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: September 13, 1918 / Age: 20

Killed in action on Sept. 13, 1918, near Verdun.

Buried, Grave 34, Row 16, Block B, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

WWI
1918
Glen Ullin, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 1, 1921, and buried in Grave 3278, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

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: 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 27

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Buried, Grave 16, Row 3, 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
1918
Hull [sic], ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 31

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. Aug. 5, 1921, and buried in Grave 2827, National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Edward Koehler
1918
Eckman, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 29

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on June 28, 1921, and buried at Glenburn, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Peshtigo, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action at St. Mihiel, France, on Sept. 12, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on May 2, 1922, and buried at Peshtigo, Wis.

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

WWI
1918
Rogers, AR
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 358th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on June 22, 1921, and buried in Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Ark.

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

WWI
1918
Minneapolis, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 9th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 12, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action on Sept. 12, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 8, 1921, and buried in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 16, 1921.

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

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