Monday, April 2, 2012

Medal of Honor Monday: Douglas A. Munro

"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 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 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 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." 

From SM1 Munro's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on May 1, 1943.
May you be at peace,
Brian & Mel
Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C.
Memorial at then Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May 

Memorial bust at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters 
memorial marker at the Point Cruz Yacht Club in Honiara in the Solomon Islands
Monument in Crystal River, FL

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