Sig 1c Douglas A. Munro
Coast Guard (USCG)
Douglas Albert Munro was born October 11, 1919 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On September 27, 1942 Sig 1c Douglas Munro supported the withdrawal of U. S. Marines from the Point Cruz area of Guadalcanal. Afterwards, he earned the Medal of Honor, the only U. S. Coast Guard member to earn the Medal of Honor.
|Posthumous Medal of Honor (27 September 1942)
"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 nearly completed, 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"
Munro is buried at Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, WA in the Veterans section near the flag pole.
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