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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.

1917
Wahpeton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I (Wahpeton), 1st North Dakota Infantry Regt
Date of Loss: October 22, 1917 / Age: 18

Died of Pneunomia at Camp Greene North Carolina on October 22, 1917. Buried at Wahpeton, Richland County, North Dakota. Survived by both parents, two brothers and two sisters.

WWI
1917
Brenna, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Quartermaster Corps, Camp Dodge, Iowa
Date of Loss: October 13, 1917 / Age: 22

Died of peritonitis following operatio for appendicitis on Oct. 13, 1917, at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

Buried, Brenna township, Grand Forks county, on Oct. 19, 1917.

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

WWI
1917
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 1st Infantry, North Dakota National Guard
Date of Loss: September 11, 1917 / Age: 24

Died of rupture of abscess in lungs, on Sept. 11, 1917.

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

WWI
1917
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 212nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Date of Loss: June 27, 1917

Killed in action on June 27, 1917.

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

Information found in Volume 3, page 2345 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1917
Crosby, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill.
Date of Loss: June 25, 1917 / Age: 18

Died in Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., on June 25, 1917.

Buried, Crosby, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1916
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 17th Canadian Reserve Battalion
Date of Loss: October 1916 / Age: 21

Died, Oct., 1916, at Shornecliffe Barracks, near Folkestone, England.

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

WWI
1915
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, British Army
Date of Loss: September 25, 1915

Died of wounds, Sept. 25, 1915.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2968 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Lars Andersen
Bowbells, ND
World War I - Fallen

Wounded in Action

Minot, ND
World War I - Fallen
Ryder, ND
World War I - Fallen

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