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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
Sheyenne, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 53rd Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 23

Died of pneumonia, at Camp Hancock, Ga., on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried at Sheyenne, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Dickinson, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Marines
Company/Division: Company B, 5th Separate Battalion
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 23

Wounded in action on Oct. 3, 1918, and died on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried in Miomandre Hospital Cemetery, Suippes (Marne), France.

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

WWI
1918
Nekoma, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill.
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 17

Died at Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried, Nekoma, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 28th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Grave Unlocated.

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: Company H, 362nd Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 21

Died on Oct. 4, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried in Grave 27, Row 16, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Devils Lake, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 21

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried in France. Reburied at Devils Lake, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Wyndmere, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 18th Company, Main Training Depot, Machine Gun Training Center
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pnuemonia, on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried, Wyndmere, N. Dak.

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

WWI
1918
Wolford, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 25

Died of pneumonia at Camp Grant, Ill., on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried at Wolford, N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Minneapolis, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 54th Pioneer Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 30

Died in France, on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried in Argonne-American Cemetery.

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

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Machine Gun Training Center, Cemp Hancock, Ga.
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 24

Died of influenza on Oct. 4, 1918, at Camp Hancock, Ga.

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

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