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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
Ashby, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company H, 139th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 26

Killed in action, Argonne Woods, Sept. 29, 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, 139th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 26

Killed in action on Sept. 29, 1918.

Buried, Grave 8, Row 4, Block E, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Edwards, NY
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery C, 11th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 27

Died of pneumonia on Sept. 29, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on June 1, 1921, and buried in South Edwards Cemetery, Edwards, N. Y.

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

WWI
1918
Brittin, SD
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Battery D, 119th Field Artillery
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Sept. 29, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 8, 1921, and buried at Brittin, S. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as Orvin V McNeil.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company C, 139th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Sept. 29, 1918.

Buried, Grave 25, Row 41, Block A, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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

WWI
1918
Siren, WI
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company L, 138th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 23

Killed in action on Sept. 29, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. on Aug. 15, 1921, and buried at Siren, Wis.

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

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
Hatton, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company E, 39th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 24

Killed in action, on Sept. 29, 1918.

Buried in Grave 34, Row 33, Block C, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

WWI
1918
Grace City, ND
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 78th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 28

Died of pneumonia on Sept. 29, 1918, at Camp Custer, Mich.

Buried, Grace City, N. Dak.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND as Harry E Palmer.

WWI
1918
Hector, MN
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Headquarters Company, 352nd Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 30

Died of pneumonia at Base Hospital No. 1, Hericourt Haute, France, on Sept. 29, 1918.

Remains returned to U. S. June 6, 1921, and buried in St. John's Cemetery, Hector, Minn.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France
1918
World War I - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company K, 137th Infantry
Date of Loss: September 29, 1918 / Age: 24

Died on Sept. 29, 1918, of wounds received in action.

Buried, Grave 22, Row 37, Block G, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France.

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