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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:
1181
WWI
1918
Towner, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Air Station, L'Aber Vrach, France
Date of Loss: December 4, 1918 / Age: 31

Died at L'Aber Vrach, France, on Dec. 4, 1918.

Buried at Towner, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Calvin, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: December 1, 1918 / Age: 26

Died of pneumonia, on Dec. 1, 1918, at Base Hospital No. 45, France.

Remains returned to U. S. on June 14, 1921, and buried at Calvin, N. Dak.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Supply Troop, 8th Cavalry
Date of Loss: November 30, 1918 / Age: 34

Died of pneumonia on Nov. 30, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 256 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 339th Infantry
Date of Loss: November 29, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action on Nov. 29, 1918.

Grave unlocated.

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

1918
Lidgerwood, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 77th Infantry
Date of Loss: November 28, 1918 / Age: 28

Died at Camp Custer, Mich., on Nov. 28, 1918. Influenza.

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: 465th Engineers Pontoon Train
Date of Loss: November 28, 1918 / Age: 32

Drowned, accidentally, in the Moselle River, Nov. 28, 1918.

Buried, Grave 30, Row 12, Block B, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

WWI
1918
Medo, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 102nd Infantry
Date of Loss: November 26, 1918 / Age: 28

Died on Nov. 26, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Remains returned to U. S. and buried in Medo Lutheran Cemetery, Medo, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
Aneta, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 309th Engineers
Date of Loss: November 25, 1918 / Age: 21

Died of pneumonia, at St. Nazaire, France, on Nov. 25, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 29, 1920, and buried at Aneta, N. Dak.

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

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
Island Lake, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Students Army Training Corps
Date of Loss: November 22, 1918 / Age: 22

Died of pneumonia at Fargo, N. Dak., on Nov. 22, 1918.

Buried at Island Lake, Rolette county, N. Dak.

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

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