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Old 09-08-2016, 10:34 AM
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Default Douglas Munro - Medal of Honor

Douglas Munro has the distinction of being the only Medal of Honor recipient in the history of the Coast Guard. And he was awarded it for saving Marines.








One of the last things he ever said was, “Did they get off?” Referring to his attempt to evacuate Marines off of Guadalcanal.

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The Medal of Honor was [posthumously] presented to Munro in May 1943 by President Roosevelt at the White House.

The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to
*MUNRO, DOUGLAS ALBERT
Rank and organization: Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard Born: 11 October 1919, Vancouver, British Columbia. Accredited to Washington.

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For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry m 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.
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Another great American hero!
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