Coast Guard Medal of Honor Recipient

Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro (October 19, 1919 – September 27, 1942).

The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association commemorated the 70th  anniversary of the death of Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro – the Coast Guard’s lone Medal of Honor recipient, on September 27 in Cle Elum, Washington.
Capt. Marc Lebeau, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Base Seattle was the keynote speaker. Cmdr. Doug Sheehan, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, and nephew of Munro; Oregon state Rep. Patrick Sheehan, great-nephew of Munro; and Cmdr. Ray Evans, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, friend and shipmate of Munro, were in attendance.
Munro received the Medal of Honor 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 nearly 500 Marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942.
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.
Munro’s final words were “Did they get off?”

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  1. Bart Armstrong

    Well done to all that took part in this ceremony.

    Now if we could just move closer to seeing his late sister’s wishes to have the site marker claiming American birth, to reflect that he was in fact born in Canada.


    Bart Armstrong,
    Victoria BC

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