Just a reminder that today was the 68th anniversary of the death of the Coast Guard’s most famous hero. If he had lived, he would be 90 now, a grand father and probably great grand father. Instead, he and those with him saved 250 Marines. Presumably there are a lot of grand children and great grand children because of their heroism.
Spell MEDAL right… ESPECIALLY when talikng about THIS Medal for THIS man.
And, of course, I need to spell “talking” right as well.
Just to pick a nit, the Medal of Honor is not “won”, it is awarded to recipients, not winners. Thank you for at least not calling it the “Congressional” Medal of Honor, which far too many people do. It’s awarded by the President, on behalf of congress.
I still see “won” in the headline.
Never mind. Just had to refresh.
This post reminds me of the book ‘Lucky Thirteen’, by Ken Wiley. It’s a very readable memoir of his time in the Coast Guard during WW2, from training through numerous invasions in command of a Higgins Boat. Great story and a real eye-opener for someone like me, who didn’t understand the CG’s role in the war. http://www.amazon.com/LUCKY-THIRTEEN-D-Days-Pacific-Coast/dp/193203353X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1285981403&sr=1-4
A bit more on the continued association of the Munro family with the Coast Guard family from the Coast Guard Compass:
Remembering Patricia Sheehan.