Edwin L. Haug

Technical Corporal Edwin Haug has arrived safely overseas, according to word received by his sister, Mrs. Chris Wikan, 104 Cass Street.

Corporal Haug entered the service in September 1942 and received his training in the Engineer Regiment at Camp Butner, NC.

Unit Commended in New Guinea
Company B, 339th Engineer Regiment of which Corporal Edwin Haug, 104 Cass Street, is a member, was commended by Colonel E. F. Wallender, QMC, Commanding Officer, Headquarters Base A, New Guinea, for excellent work. The commendation states:

"Your organization, Company "B" of the 339th Engineers, is to be commended for the expeditious manner in which they built "Wanaduela Dock." The reports and records of this construction clearly establish the fact that your organization never relaxed its attention to duty and responded with enthusiasm to all calls and work, above and beyond the normal routine.

"It is noteworthy that the officers and enlisted men exhibited excellent foresight and anticipation of their problems. They have contributed in no small measure to the successful completion of one of the most important missions of this base. It is believed that no organization could be more loyal in their endeavor to serve their country than your organization has shown in the building of this dock.

"Many problems confronted Company "B" during the period of this construction. The spirit and whole-hearted cooperation of every man was necessary to complete this assignment in such an expeditious manner. The results of your work clearly establish the fact that the officers and men never relaxed from their attention to duty and responded to call and attended to matters of duty at all hours of the day and night.

"Again, I commend you and your organization, and I am proud to have you as part of my command. With the type of spirit that has been exhibited, you have set your organization up as a goal to which other organizations may hope to attain."

Mrs. Chris Wikan, 104 Cass Street, has received word that her brother, Edwin Haug, has been promoted from Corporal to Sergeant. He is serving with a regiment of Army Engineers in New Guinea.

Sergeant Norris Haug has arrived in New Guinea, according to word received by his wife, who lives in Altoona.

He enlisted in the National Guard in October 1940. He is a Radio Technician in the Field Artillery.

His brother, Sergeant Edwin Haug, is with an Engineer Regiment, also in New Guinea.

Meet in New Guinea

Staff Sergeant Edwin and Sergeant Norris Haug met recently in New Guinea, according to word received by their brother, Norman Haug, of this city. It was the first time they had seen each other for four years.

Sergeant Edwin Haug entered the service in September 1942 and arrived overseas in May 1943. Serving with the Engineers, he recently received a promotion to Staff Sergeant.

Sergeant Norris Haug entered the service with the National Guard in 1940 and, as a Radio Technician in the Field Artillery, arrived overseas in May of this year. His wife resides in Altoona.

Corporal Lloyd Woodford, writing from New Guinea to his wife, who lives at 1209 Barron Street, this city, told of his recent meeting there with a former classmate at First Lutheran Sunday School, who he had not seen since they were confirmed together in that church six years ago.

The classmate is Sergeant Morris Haug of Eau Claire. His brother, Staff Sergeant Edwin Haug is in Corporal Woodford's company. The two Haug brothers and Corporal Woodford spent a recent leave together.

Eau Claire Soldier Salvages Jap Sawmill, Adds Comforts
SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA—Here, in the forests of New Guinea, where teakwood hard as rock is almost the only lumber available, a sawmill is more to be prized than gold. Staff Sergeant Edwin L. Haug, member of Local No. 953 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in retrieving a sawmill abandoned by the Japs, contributed mightily to many of his battalion's engineering missions and has made this primitive country more comfortable and livable for his hard-working buddies.

The sawmill was discovered by Sergeant Haug when he was out on a scavenger hunt, after invading American troops chased the Japs into the hills. Such hunts often disclose salvageable materials which can be put to good use by the ingenious engineers as vitally-needed spare parts and replacements, but the sawmill was an exceptionally lucky haul. From its cutting table has come lumber for mess halls, warehouses, recreation centers, offices, and tent floors, all luxuries in the jungle land.

When the sawmill was found in a Jap signal center, it was in a dilapidated condition, but Haug, with the assistance of Sergeant Thomas H. Roy, Texas welder and blacksmith in civil life, got it back into commission by appropriating some parts from wrecked vehicles and improvising others. 

Before entering the Army, Haug, now 28, was employed at Stocks Electric Company and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Chris Wikan, 104 Cass Street. One of his brothers, Fred, is still employed there and is a member of Local No. 953, IBEW. Another brother in the Army, Sergeant Norris Haug, is, by an unusual coincidence, also serving in New Guinea, though in a different outfit.

Sergeant Edwin Haug is Construction Foreman in the 339th Engineer Battalion, which has received two commendations for outstanding engineering feats accomplished in record time.