UNCOMMON VALOR | IN MEMORY OF CPL. LOUIS J. HAUGE JR.

In May of 1945, the Battle of Okinawa was raging in full force. Marines and Sailors with 1st Marine Division pushed through the prefecture and were met with heavy resistance from the entrenched Japanese soldiers.

The Medal of Honor citation tells the story; a machine-gun squad, trapped by a barrage of mortar and machine-gun fire, engages in an assault against a heavily fortified Japanese hill. The squad leader, Cpl. Louis J. Hauge, sees the two guns responsible and sprints through an opening, hurling hand grenades as he runs. He is wounded before he reaches the first gun, but he pushes through to successfully destroy both enemy positions. As the second gun placement is destroyed, he is shot by Japanese snipers. His men, seeing his actions, rise from their bombarded position and finish the bloody assault on the hill.

On April 30, 2018, Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group stood in formation in front of the regimental headquarters’ building on Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan as it was rededicated Hauge Hall, to commemorate the Medal of Honor recipient’s heroic actions.

“We dedicated this building to Cpl. Hauge because, after studying him and his unit, we found out that [1st Marines, 1st Marine Division], his unit, was dug in at this very camp,” said Col. Forrest C. Poole, regimental commander of CLR-35. “He and his unit defended this position while Marines traveled here to assist the southern assault.”

Hauge was born Dec. 12, 1924 in Ada, Minnesota. He left high school after his first year to work in a canning factory, where he became the assistant foreman. Hauge then joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1943 as a light machine gunner. He saw combat on Peleliu as a message runner with 1st Marine Regiment, 1st MarDiv and was awarded a meritorious promotion to corporal. He was then appointed squad leader and sent to Okinawa.

On May 14, 1945, Hauge was killed in action. Because of his actions during the Battle of Okinawa, Hauge’s father was presented his Medal of Honor June 14, 1946.

Hauge’s nephew, Daniel Braunschweig, offered his own insight, commenting on how awesome it was to see that a family member of his is so highly esteemed in an organization where so many people do great things without recognition.

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14 thoughts on “UNCOMMON VALOR | IN MEMORY OF CPL. LOUIS J. HAUGE JR.”

  1. there is a ship named after him also…MV Cpl. Louis J. Hauge Jr. (T-AK 3000 ) Home port is Diego Garcia

  2. In November 1965 I arrived in Okinawa and was assigned to 3rd FLSG ASP1. Our camp was Camp Hauge which was located about half way between Koza and Camp Hanson. I don’t recall any of us knowing the story of the person for whom the camp was named. Thank you. This article is both enlightening and appreciates. Semper Fi.

  3. It’s unbelievable what this Marine did for his Men and his Country. There isn’t enough words available to express gratitude for this Marine. We hope he is Resting in Peace. He truly earned it. If there is some other award besides a Medal, it is HONOR!!

  4. Like all Marines Cpl. Hauge Jr. acted in the only way possible. He took aggressive action against the enemy by giving his own life to protect his squad. He inspired his men to push forward. That’s in the best tradition of the Corps. God bless Cpl Hauge Jr.

  5. I served in the first Marine Division 83/84 in Camp Lejuene . Stories like this as sad as they are,are reality to joining the Greatest fighting force out there. Semper fi my brother & Thank you for it’s hero’s like you that I joined. RIP

    1. Hmmmm….Maybe I’ve been retired too long, but the last time I checked, Camp Lejuene was home to the 2nd MarDiv…The 1st MarDiv was based at Camp Pendleton

  6. Very interesting. I was stationed at Camp Hague, Oki with D/2/12 in 1961. I never knew the story until now, but wish i had. Good work.

  7. I’m a Marine and it has always been my understanding the the 6th Marine Division was formed for that battle on Okinawa. When did the the 1st Division join in the fight for Okinawa? Also there was at least one Army Division in that battle.

  8. My first duty station was H&S Battery 12 Marines 3rd. Mar Div FMF , Camp Hauge Okinawa 1957-58 and back again in 1959-60. Camp Suklran & Camp Schwab — Damn good liberty!!

  9. My brother was in 6th Division 22nd Marines when he was wounded for 5th time on Sugar Loaf Hill. 6th Division formed, fought and disbanded overseas. They never saw the states as a Division. His outfit’s ship was sunk at Okinawa. I was in 1si Marine Division at Pendleton. Semper Fi.

    1. My Dad was also in the 6th Division , George Co., 2/22. The 1st, 2nd & 6th Marine Divisions along with 3 or 4 Army Divisions took part in the Battle of Okinawa. My Dad was part of the initial assault of Sugar Loaf Hill. Obviously he survived and raised 3 sons all of us joined the Corps, I did 6 years my 2 brothers retired out as Lt. Col. Semper FI Cpl. Hauge!

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