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Conflict: World War II

The Second World War History website lists the total casualties for North Dakota at 1,626 heroes. 

Data primarily retrieved from The National Archives (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) and The National Archives (Army and Air Force).

This section is updated regularly as we discover new information and continue to add North Dakota's heroes.  Please contact us if you have information to add or update.

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1944
Mandan, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: December 31, 1944

Died while in Prisoner of War status.

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1944
Park River, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: October 24, 1944

Died while in Prisoner of War status.

Adam Jack Klupp
1944
Regent, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Navy
Date of Capture: October 24, 1944

Died when Arisan Maru, transporting Allied Prisoners of War from the Philippines to Japan, was sunk by USS Shark (SS-314)

Omer Beauchamp
1943
Olga, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Date of Disappearance: November 24, 1943

Reported missing after the torpedoing of the escort aircraft carrier, USS Liscome Bay, near the Gilbert Islands.

Elmer Puppe
1943
Hensel, ND
World War II - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Loss: October 19, 1943 / Age: 26

Service number 6858086, died of shell fragment wounds during the Naples-Foggia Campaign in the area between Naples and Rome.

Lester Puppe
1943
Hensel, ND
World War II - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of Loss: August 11, 1943 / Age: 23

Service number 6930772, died of gunshot wound during the Sicily Campaign

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1943
Streeter, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: March 6, 1943

Died while in Prisoner of War status on Dec 17, 1943.

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1942
Thinvalla Township, ND
World War II - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company D, 126th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Division
Date of Loss: December 6, 1942 / Age: 28

Killed-in-action in Papua, New Guinea

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1942
Fargo, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Marines
Date of Capture: May 6, 1942

Was captured by the Japanese the day after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity on Feb 4, 1943.

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1942
Minot, ND
World War II - POW
Branch of Service: Navy
Date of Capture: May 6, 1942

Was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

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