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Cpl. Richard Blue Earth - Fallen

Richard Blue Earth
Cannon Ball, ND
County: Sioux
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 24
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Company A, 164th Infantry

Killed in action on Oct. 9, 1918, to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Buried, Grave No. 97, Section No. 27, Plot No. 2, Cemetery No. 1232, Argonne-American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse, France. Reburied at Cannon Ball, N. Dak.

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

Information found in Volume 1, page 315 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

He became a noted sniper and, in the performance of this duty, died with a German bullet between the eyes, in October, 1918, somewhere south of Sedan in the Argonne Forest.

Oral History of the Dakota Tribes 1800s-1945.


Registered Sioux county. Born, Cannon Ball, N. Dak., Oct. 30, 1893, of American parents. Occupation - rancher. Enlisted in Company I, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, on Aug. 2, 1917, at Bismarck. Served in Company I, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, to Oct. 5, 1917; 161st Ambulance Company, 116th Sanitary Train, to Nov. 14, 1917; Company A, 164th Infantry, to Jan. 9, 1918; Company A, 18th Infantry, to death. Grade: Corporal, Sept. 4, 1918. Overseas from Dec. 15, 1917, to death. Engagements: Defensive: Montdidier-Noyon. Offensives: Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sectors: Ansauville and Saizerais (Lorraine); Cantigny (Picardy). Cited in General Orders No. 1, Headquarters, 1st Division, Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., Jan. 1, 1920, for gallantry in action and especially meritorious services. Entitled to wear a silver star.


He was the first North Dakota Indian to enlist.  Buried in the Indian cemetery on the slopes of Holy Hill, on the Cannon Ball river.

Richard Blue Earth, honored, Mandan, ND, March 14, 1934. (2011, August). Retrieved from http://www.welchdakotapapers.com/2011/08/richard-blue-earth-honored-mandan-nd-march-14-1934/

Standing rock tourism history, 1901-1925. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.standingrocktourism.com/history/timeLineView.asp?timeSpan=6

Medals and Honors

Silver Star - January 1, 1920