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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
Rolette, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia at Camp Grant, Ill., on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried, Rolette, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Curtis, OK
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 23rd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 6, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Oct. 6, 1918.

Buried, Grave 28, Row 30, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Golden Valley, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 33rd Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 21

Died of pneumonia at Camp Grant, Ill., on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried, Golden Valley, N. Dak.

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

Army Distinguished Service Cross
1918
Fargo, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Medical Detachment, 7th Inf Regt, 3rd Division
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 29

Killed in action on Oct. 5, 1918.

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

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

WWI
1918
Mountain, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Custer, Mich., on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried at Mountain, 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: 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Grand Forks, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 21

Killed in action on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried, Grave 27, Row 24, Block B, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Coulee, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 53rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Hancock, Ga., on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried at Coulee, N. Dak.

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

Russell Davis
1918
Grafton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 19

Died of diphtheria at Base Hospital No. 66, Neufchateau, France, on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried at Neufchateau, France. Remains returned to U. S. on Dec. 16, 1921, and consigned to Mirr M. Shannon, Grafton, N. Dak. (place of burial not given).

WWI
1918
Price, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 22

Died on Oct. 5, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, French Military Cemetery, Deauxnouds, Meuse. Remains returned to U. S. on July 25, 1921, and buried at Sanger, N. Dak.

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