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Douglas A. Munro (1919-1942)
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

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The actual medal was given to Douglas Munro's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Munro of South Cle Elum, Washington, by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 27, 1943. The citation reads: "Awarded posthumously to DOUGLAS ALBERT MUNRO, SIGNALMAN FIRST CLASS, U.S. COAST GUARD 'For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Office-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 signalled [sic] 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.'" This reference taken from U. S. Coast Guard Fact File.
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