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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
Jerseyville, IL
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 307th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 28

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 14, 1921, and buried in Grave 3528, European Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

WWI
1918
Leroy, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 306th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 23

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

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 4, 1921, and buried in Grave 1985, European Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

WWI
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company M, 126th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

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

Information found in Volume 4, page 2757 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

WWI
1918
Minneapolis, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 47th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918, at Bois de Brieulles.

Buried, Cemetery No. 735, Bois de Brieulles.

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 L, 139th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 24

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

Buried, Grave 26, Row 11, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Field, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 34th Company, 161st Depot Brigade
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of influenza on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried, Field township, Nelson county. N. Dak.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Toronto, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 16th Infantry
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 20

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried, Grave 28, Row 4, Block G, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Peirz, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 5th Field Battalion, Signal Corps
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried in France. Reburied at Peirz, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
Drayton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Marines
Company/Division: 49th Company, 5th Regiment
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 21

Killed in action on Oct. 4, 1918.

Burial, Grave 164, Section 86, Plot 4, Argonne American Cemetery No. 1232. Reinterred, Drayton Cemetery, Drayton, N. Dak.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
Holyoke, MA
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 116th Engineers
Date of Loss: October 4, 1918 / Age: 32

Died of influenza on Oct. 4, 1918.

Buried, Grave 6, Row 30, Block B, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

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

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