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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
Minneapolis, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 58th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 29, 1921, and buried at Crystal Lake cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.

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

WWI
1918
Robinson, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 22

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Buried in France. Re-buried at Robinson, N. Dak.

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, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Buried, Grave 22, Row 45, Block D, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery Belleau, France
1918
St. Thomas, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 58th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 31

Killed in action, near Chateau-Thierry, on July 18, 1918.

Buried in Grave 1, Row 5, Block A, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, Aisne, France.

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

WWI
1918
Gem, ID
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 19

Killed in action, at Soissons, France, on July 18, 1918.

Buried in France. Reburied in Grave 3510, European Section, Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

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 Company, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 19

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Buried, Tournan Cemetery, Tournan, Seine-et-Marne, France.

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

WWI
1918
Hillsboro, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company F, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 20

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Place of burial unknown. Some place in France.

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 A, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 20

Killed in action, near Soissons, on July 18, 1918.

Grave unlocated.

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

WWI
1918
Elgin, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company I, 164th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 19

Killed in action on July 18, 1918, near Soissons, France.

Buried, Missy Au Bois, France. Reburied, Elgin, N. Dak.

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

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company B, 9th Infantry
Date of Loss: July 18, 1918 / Age: 27

Killed in action on July 18, 1918.

Buried in Grave 24, Row 33, Block D, 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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