The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

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DOUGLAS ALBERT MUNRO
Signalman First Class

United States Coast Guard

Douglas Monro

Citation

Douglas Albert Munro
Signalman First Class
United States Coast Guard

 For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Petty Officer in Charge of a group of 24 Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz Guadalcanal, on 27 September 1942. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machineguns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led 5 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 2 small guns as a shield between the beachhead and the Japanese. When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was instantly killed by enemy fire, but his crew, 2 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 his life for his country.
 

Footnote: Douglas Munro who was born on October 11, 1919 in Vancouver, British Colombia, is the only United States Coastguardsman to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor. The Medal was presented to his Mother by Franklin D.  Roosevelt,  President of the United States.

Since Munro was operating under the authority of the Navy, he received the Navy Medal of Honor. A Coast Guard Medal of Honor exists, but only conjecturally and has never been issued. Munro also received the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Two ships, the Coast Guard's USCGC Munro (WHEC-724) and the Navy's USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422) were named in his honor.

Douglas Munro's Medal of Honor is on display at the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

Douglas is buried at the Laurel Hills Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Washington.

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