Coast Guard Picture of the Week

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Official Coast Guard painting of Munro’s last moments while evacuating Marines at Guadalcanal.

Douglas A. Munro

“DOUGLAS A. MUNRO
HERO OF GUADALCANAL
POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
Douglas A. Munro, Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, of Cle Elum, Washington, died heroically on Guadalcanal, September 27, 1942.  He volunteered and successfully led five Higgins boats from the seaplane tender BALLARD to evacuate a detachment of Marines from a point where enemy opposition developed beyond anticipated dimensions. Munro’s last words were ‘Did they get off?’  The Congressional Medal of Honor, the country’s highest award, was poshumously [sic] presented to Munro in May 1943 by President Roosevelt at the White House.  Accepting the award were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Munro of Cle Elum, Washington.”  Rel. No. 05-12-43 (7); no photographer listed.

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