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Coast Guardsman Honored for Saving Marines During WWII (PHOTOS)

Douglas Munro took heroic actions by putting himself in between 500 Marines and an advancing Japanese force, for his actions he became the only Coast Guardsmen to receive the Medal of Honor.

Event honoring Douglas Munro in Washington
Photos: U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin White

(SEATTLE) - The Coast Guard Enlisted Association Emerald City branch held a memorial service for the only Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient in Cle Elum, Washington, Friday.

Members of Coast Guard Station Seattle, Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, Integrated Support Command Seattle, and the 13th Coast Guard District staff along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1373, Cle Elum, gathered at the grave site of Signalmen 1st Class Douglas Munro today to mark the 67th anniversary of Munro's ultimate sacrifice.

Munro received the award posthumously for his actions as officer-in-charge of a group of landing craft on September 27, 1942, during the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II.

The citation for the Medal of Honor, presented to Munro's parents, reads as follows:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of a group of Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a Battalion of Marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942.

After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered Marines, Munro, under constant risk of his life, daringly led five of his small craft toward the shore. As he closed the beach, he signaled the others to land, and then in order to draw the enemy's fire and protect the heavily loaded boats he valiantly placed his craft with its two small guns as a shield between the beachhead and the Japanese.

When the perilous task of evacuation was complete, Munro was killed by enemy fire, but his crew, two of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach.

By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. He gallantly gave up his life in defense of his country.

Douglas Munro took heroic actions by putting himself in between 500 Marines and an advancing Japanese force, for his actions he became the only Coast Guardsmen to receive the Medal of Honor.

The event honoring Douglas Munro's heroic actions during the Second World War, and marking the 67th anniversary of the Coast Guardsman's death, was held at the Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Friday, Sept. 25, 2009.




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G-2/3; September 26, 2009 10:45 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you for this article. He is nt forgotten and now will be remembered by more. One day we may not have to go to war.,I look forward to it.

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