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Conflict: World War I

WWI: July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918

"World War I caused change in North Dakota and the rest of the world. After the outbreak of war in Europe July 28,1914 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.

Criteria to determine residence: Location of burial or family residence at time of death, residence at time of enlistment, then place of birth.

State Heroes Total:
1520
WWI
1918
Grafton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 42nd Company, 11th Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 25

Died at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 6, 1918, of pneumonia.

Burial, Grafton, 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: Company A, 110th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 26

Killed in action on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried, Grave 34, Row 2, Block A, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Hankinson, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 313th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneunomia, at Herricourt, France, on Oct. 6, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. May 31, 1921, and buried in German Emmanuel Church Cemetery, Hankinson, N. Dak.

WWI
1918
Lisbon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 339th Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 31

Died of pneumonia at Grange La Ville, France, on Oct. 6, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. May 31, 1921, and buried at Lisbon, N. Dak.

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: 36th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2741 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Grant township, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Oct. 31, 1921, and buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Grant township, Kidder county, N. Dak.

WWI
1918
Tower City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Air Service
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918, at Garden City, N. Y.

Buried, Tower City, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Greenwood, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: September Automatic Replacement Draft, Fort Screvens Unit No. 2
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 24

Died in the sinking of the Otranto, on Oct. 6, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 27, 1920, and buried at Greenwood, Wis.

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

WWI
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery A, 1st Battalion, Field Artillery, Replacement Draft, Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky.
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 20

Died of influenze broncho pneumonia, on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried at Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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: 53rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 6, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 3194 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

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