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Douglas Albert Munro
Birth: Oct. 11, 1919
Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada
Death: Sep. 27, 1942

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Petty Officer Signalman First Class and holds the distinction of being the only member of the US Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor. In 1939, he was attending the Central Washington College of Education when he left to enlist in the US Coast Guard. With the outbreak of World War II, he volunteered to be part of the US Coast Guard's ship transport fleet in the Pacific. In engagements at Guadalcanal Solomon Islands, on September 27, 1942, Petty Officer Munro was in charge of the original detachment of ten Higgins boats that had landed the Marines on the beach. After successfully landing the Marines, he noticed that they were under attack from a larger Japanese force and needed to be extracted immediately. Petty Officer Munro volunteered to lead the boats back to the beach for the evacuation. Commanding the rescue expedition, he brought the boats in-shore under heavy enemy fire and proceeded to evacuate the Marines still on the beach. Though the majority of the Marines had been loaded into the boats, the last remaining elements of the rear guard were having difficulty embarking. Assessing the situation, he maneuvered himself and his boats into a position to cover the last groups of men as they headed to the boats. In doing so, he exposed himself to greater enemy fire and suffered his fatal wound. It as reported that he had remained conscious long enough to utter his final four words: "Did they get off"? For his heroic and selfless actions in the completion of this rescue mission, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Roosevelt at the White House in May 1943. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Munro (1891 - 1962)
  Edith Fairey Munro (1895 - 1983)

Cause of death: Killed by enemy fire
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Memorial Park
Cle Elum
Kittitas County
Washington, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 27, 1999
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