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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Louis James Hauge Jr.

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines,
    1st Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 14, 1945
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a machine-gun squad serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain on 14 May 1945. Alert and aggressive during a determined assault against a strongly fortified Japanese hill position, Cpl. Hauge boldly took the initiative when his company's left flank was pinned down under a heavy machine-gun and mortar barrage with resultant severe casualties and, quickly locating the two machine guns which were delivering the uninterrupted stream of enfilade fire, ordered his squad to maintain a covering barrage as he rushed across an exposed area toward the furiously blazing enemy weapons. Although painfully wounded as he charged the first machine gun, he launched a vigorous singlehanded grenade attack, destroyed the entire hostile gun position, and moved relentlessly forward toward the other emplacement despite his wounds and the increasingly heavy Japanese fire. Undaunted by the savage opposition, he again hurled his deadly grenades with unerring aim and succeeded in demolishing the second enemy gun before he fell under the slashing fury of Japanese sniper fire. By his ready grasp of the critical situation and his heroic one-man assault tactics, Cpl. Hauge had eliminated two strategically placed enemy weapons, thereby releasing the besieged troops from an overwhelming volume of hostile fire and enabling his company to advance. His indomitable fighting spirit and decisive valor in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon Cpl. Hauge and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Louis J. Hauge Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Louis J. Hauge Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 14, 1946
    Presented by Col. Norman E. True to his Father
  • Born: December 12, 1924, Ada, Norman County, MN, United States
  • Died: May 14, 1945, Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands
  • Buried: Ada Cemetery (marker only); National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (Wall of the Missing) Honolulu, Hawaii, Ada, MN, United States

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