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Haug, Clarence Carl Major General -- 1910 - 2005


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 7/2/2012 at 16:50:28

Major General Clarence Carl Haug USA Retired, age 94, of Spillville, Iowa died on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, Iowa with Rev. Donald Hawes officiating. Interment will take place at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York , later this year.

Clarence Carl Haug was born on August 17, 1910 the son of Carl R. and Louise (Fisher) Haug in Spillville, Iowa. Clarence attended Spillville Public and St. Wenceslaus Schools. After completing the two year High School in Spillville he attended Decorah High School for two years, graduating in 1928. In the summer of 1927, Clarence completed a monthís training in the Civilian Military Training Camp at Ft. Snelling, MN. Clarence attended the University of Iowa for three years, where he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. In 1931, he was appointed to the US Military Academy, West Point, New York, and graduated in 1935 with a B.S. degree. On November 18, 1936, Clarence married Carolyn Meyers, daughter of John and Blanche (Young) Meyers of Hartland, NY. They had met while both were students at the University of Iowa. Clarence was first stationed with the Anti Aircraft Battery at Ft. MacArthur, San Pedro, CA. It was the only Anti Aircraft battery on the West Coast. He was transferred to the Corps of Engineers in December 1935 and assigned to the 6th Engr. Regiment while stationed at Ft. Lawton, near Seattle, WA. The next assignment was to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY where Clarence graduated in 1938 with a Masterís Degree in Engineering. He was next assigned as a student to the Engineer School, Ft. Belvoir, VI. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant while at Ft. Belvoir. After finishing the 9-month course there, he was assigned to river and harbor duty with the 1st New Orleans District while stationed a Burrwood, LA, which was a government owned installation 20 miles downstream from the end of the road at the end of the levee, and at the head of the jetties of Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River. In December 1940, on 24 hours notice, he was ordered to Jamaica (then British West Indies) with the advance party which set up the Jamaica District, Corps of Engineers which was to build the air and naval bases on the island of Jamaica. (They were part of the base rights that the US had received in the Caribbean from the British in exchange for the 50 overage destroyers the U.S. had given to Britain in the early stages of World War II). The naval base was later deleted from the program, but the air base was constructed. The first landing on the still unfinished airstrip was a submarine patrol aircraft (a B-17) from Panama late in 1940. Haug was promoted to Captain, while in Jamaica. In early June 1942, he was ordered to the United Kingdom and was on board the Queen Elizabeth on her first crossing of the Atlantic, carrying U.S. Forces. During 1942, 1943 and the early part of 1944, he was stationed in Cheltenham and London, England with Headquarters S.O.S. During all this time, his assignments were in connection with construction of the air bases used by the U.S. Army Air Corps (later to become the U.S. Air Force after World War II). The major part of the program was construction of 50 Heavy Bomber bases that became the home bases of our b-17 bombers. Haug was promoted to Major and to Lt. Colonel while in the United Kingdom. In March 1944, he was assigned to Headquarters 1st Army with stations first in Bristol and later Torquay. His duties involved the logistics in planning the invasion. On June 7, 1944, the day after D-Day, he was landed on Omaha Beach. He stayed with Omaha Beach Command until August 1944, when he was reassigned to the Headquarters S.O.S. in Paris, France. He assignment now had to do with the reconstruction of roads and bridges on the continent. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel while in Paris. In June 1945, he was reassigned to the Headquarters U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany and was returned to the United States in November 1945. After 30 days leave he reported for duty in the office of Chief Engineers (OCE) in Washington, D.C. and was assigned to duty as Executive Officer, Military Construction Division. In the summer of 1948, he was assigned as a student at the Naval War College in Newport, RI. A year later in 1949, he was assigned as a Commanding Officer of the Yuma Test Branch in Arizona which was deactivated in December of the same year. His next assignment in December 1949 was to the Sacramento District, Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California. When the District Engineer retired a few months later, he was named District Engineer. He remained in this assignment until mid 1953, when he was assigned to Korea and command of the 19th Engineer Group (Combat). After a year in Korea, he took an intra-theater transfer to Japan and command of the 2nd Amphibian Support Brigade. His tour in Japan was cut short and in August 1955, he was reassigned to the office, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C. In 1958, he was assigned to head the Engineer Section of the Army Ordnance Missile, Huntsville, Alabama. In early 1961, he was ordered back to Washington, D.C., to serve on the Hoelscher Committee which was to study and recommend the reorganization of the Army. He was assigned to Headquarters, Army Materiel Command, Washington, D.C. in 1962 when that headquarters was activated as part of the Army reorganization. He was promoted to Brigadier General while with the Materiel Command. Shortly after being promoted to Major General he was reassigned in August 1965 as Division Engineer, South Atlantic Division, Atlanta, Georgia but the day after he reported he was assigned to Okinawa to activate and command the 2nd Logistical Command to support U.S. Army Forces in Vietnam. This command eventually contained over 5,000 troops and 10,000 native Okinawans. In April 1968, he was reassigned to the U.S. as Division Engineer, Southwestern Division, Corps of Engineers, Dallas, Texas. He was retired from the Army as a Major General on July 31, 1969 after more than 34 years of service. He wore nine Overseas Bars, Ribbons from the American Theater, The European Theater, The Korean Conflict and his decorations consisted of two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legion of Merit Medals and a Commendation Medal.

Following his retirement from the Army, he and Carolyn moved to Dacca, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) where he worked for a Canadian Engineering firm that was under contract to the East Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority. From 1971-2 they lived in Spain and traveled throughout Europe and North Africa.

Clarence and Carolyn moved to Spillville in 1972 Clarence served in many community organizations throughout his retirement years. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and was planning to attend his 70th class reunion at West Point this year.

He is survived by his children and their families: daughter Louise Ann Mays of Eden Prairie, MN; daughter Catherine and her husband John Wallace of Ft. Myers Beach, Florida; and son Robert Carl and his wife Yukie of Woodland Hills, California; grandchildren Christopher Mays, Rob Mays, Kathleen Kelly Wallace, Bren Haug and Kenny Haug; great grandchildren Devin Mays, Quinn Anderson and Sahara Anderson; extended family including trusted friends Edythe Cekal and Al Bergan and niece Annette Argall and her husband Richard Mallory.

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; his parents, Carl R. and Louise Haug; his sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Arnott Argall, and his brother: Carl Jr.

Memorials may be directed to Winneshiek Co. Hospice 901 Montgomery St. Decorah Iowa 52101 or St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church P.O. Box 679 Spillville, Iowa 52168.

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database


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