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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.

Levi D. Johnson
1918
Ayr, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918

Killed in action

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 3, 1918
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery Belleau, France
1918
Harvey, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 313th Ammunition Trains, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 3, 1918

Died of disease.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918
Ross French
1918
Williston, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918
Jacob Geyer
1918
Sheyenne, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Kramer, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 352nd Infantry Regiment, 88th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918

Died of disease.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: October 2, 1918
Richard Blue Earth
1918
Cannon Ball, ND
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 1918

He became a noted sniper and, in the performance of this duty, died with a German bullet between the eyes, in October, 1918, somewhere south of Sedan in the Argonne Forest.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Luverne, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Date of Loss: October 1, 1918

Killed in action.

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