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Conflict: World War II

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

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.

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1946
Horace, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Naval Reserve
Date of Disappearance: May 21, 1946 / Age: 21

Died while in MIA status.

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1946
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Naval Reserve
Date of Disappearance: May 19, 1946 / Age: 23

Died while in MIA status.

Richard G. Rikke
1946
World War II - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 4025th Signal Service Group
Date of Loss: May 17, 1946

Killed in action in the Philippines.

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1946
Oakes, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 89th Bomber Squadron, 3rd Bomber Group, Light
Date of Disappearance: April 26, 1946 / Age: 26

Died while in MIA status. Missing aboard A-20G Havoc #43-21414 in the Coral Sea area.

John B. Bird
1946
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Navy
Date of Disappearance: April 21, 1946 / Age: 23

Died while in MIA status. Member of the crew on the USS Trigger, which was reported as lost/MIA while patrolling a known mined area of the East China Sea.

Lawrence A. Yanish
1946
Buffalo, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Naval Reserve
Date of Disappearance: April 13, 1946 / Age: 22

Died while in MIA status. Declared MIA after an attack by Japanese planes on the USS Lindsey, near Mae Shima, southwest of Okinawa. Approximately one-third of the ship was blown away or torn and wrecked.

Lee E. Anderson
1946
World War II - Fallen
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division
Date of Loss: March 8, 1946

Killed in action in Belgium.

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1946
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 449th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group
Date of Disappearance: February 7, 1946 / Age: 25

Died while in MIA status in China.

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1946
Langdon, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Naval Reserve
Date of Disappearance: February 5, 1946 / Age: 26

Died while in MIA status.

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1946
Casselton, ND
World War II - MIA
Branch of Service: Navy
Company/Division: United States Navy
Date of Disappearance: February 4, 1946

Died while in MIA status.

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