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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
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Benson, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 27

Killed in action on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried, Grave 28, Row 39, 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
Olga, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 27

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

Buried at Olga, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Harmon, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company G, 5th Training Regiment, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 24

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

Buried at Harmon, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Bowbells, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 31

Killed in action on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried, Grave 38, Row 36, Block H, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Name 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: Headquarters Company, 40th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 25

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

Buried, Grand Forks, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Turtle Lake, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 22

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

Buried, Turtle Lake, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Berthold, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 36th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 23

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

Buried in Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold, N. Dak.

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

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

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

Buried at Judson, 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: 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 26

Killed in action on Oct. 5, 1918.

Buried in Grave 33, Row 4, Block F, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Walhalla, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 5, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia on Oct. 5, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. and consigned to Antoine Lucier, Walhalla, N. Dak. (place of burial not given).

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

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