Norris T. Haug

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.

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.

Wisconsin men on Leyte with sound ranging platoons include Sergeant Norris T. Haug, radio repairman, Altoona, Eau Claire High School graduate, former employee of the Falstad Factory, Eau Claire.