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Orin Doughty Haugen (Aug, 18, 1907 – February 22, 1945) was a colonel in the United States Army and commanding officer of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II.

Orin D. Haugen
Nickname(s)"Hard Rock" Haugen
Born(1907-08-18)August 18, 1907
Wyndmere, North Dakota
Died(1945-02-22)February 22, 1945 (aged 37)
Hollandia, Dutch East Indies
Place of burial
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1930–1945
Unit511th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsSilver Star
Air Medal
Legion of Merit



Born in Wyndmere, North Dakota, Haugen graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1930. Commissioned into the Infantry Branch, Haugen had a variety of postings and training.

In 1940 he was serving in the 32nd Infantry at Fort Ord, California when he volunteered for the then new United States Parachute Troops. Captain Haugen become commander of "A" Company of the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion. He later became executive officer of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment then became the first regimental commander of the 511th Parachute Infantry.[1]

Orin Haugen died en route to a hospital on New Guinea from wounds sustained during the Battle of Manila, one day before his regiment would rescue POWs under Japanese military control at Los Baños.[2][3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ p.138 Salecker, Gene Eric Blossoming Silk Against the Rising Sun: U.S. and Japanese Paratroopers at War in the Pacific in World War II Stackpole Books, 17 Aug. 2010
  2. ^ Orin D. Haugen, serial # 18254 (Richland County, North Dakota World War II Army Casualties)
  3. ^ "Orin D. Haugen 1930". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "511th Parachute Infantry Regiment". Retrieved September 24, 2015.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Flanagan, Edward M. (1986) The Los Baños Raid: The 11th Airborne Jumps at Dawn (Presidio Books) ISBN 0891412506
  • Flanagan, Edward M (1988) The Angels – A History of the 11th Airborne Division 1943–1946 (The Battery Press) ISBN 0891413588
  • Hagerman, Bart (1990) U.S.A. Airborne: 50th Anniversary, 1940-1990 (Turner Publishing Company) ISBN 9780938021902
  • Henderson, Bruce (2015) Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II (William Morrow) ISBN 9780062325068

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