76th Anniversary of the Death of Douglas Munro

By U.S. Coast Guard (Command) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Today marks the 76th anniversary of SM1 Douglas Munro’s death while evacuating Marines from an ambush on Guadalcanal. Among the approximately 250 Marines rescued that day was Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971), who having survived, became the most decorated Marine in US history.

Currently we are in the unusual position of having two ships named for this one man. WHEC-724, now renamed USCGC Douglas Munro commissioned on this day 47 years ago, and WMSL-755, USCGC Munro, a National Security Cutter commissioned in April 2017.

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  1. Press release:

    united states coast guard

    Media Advisory
    U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest
    Contact: 13th District Public Affairs
    Office: (206) 220-7237
    After Hours: (206) 220-7237
    13th District online newsroom

    Media Advisory: Coast Guard hosts Facebook livestream of wreath laying for 78th Douglas Munro Memorial Ceremony in Cle Elum, WA

    Who: Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro, the U.S. Coast Guard’s only recipient of the Medal of Honor

    What: 78th anniversary ceremony commemorating the service and sacrifice of Munro evacuating Marines at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on Sept. 27, 1942.

    When: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, Wreath laying at 10:30 a.m. Video of the virtual ceremony will follow at 11 a.m.

    Where: Livestream of wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Douglas A. Munro Memorial located at Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery, 119 West First St., Cle Elum, WA 98922

    Ceremony will stream live on the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USCGPNW.

    SEATTLE – The 78th Douglas Munro Memorial Ceremony will be a virtual event featuring a livestream of the wreath laying Sunday, Sept. 27, on the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Facebook Page in remembrance of the U.S. Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient.

    The 2020 remembrance ceremony consists of a wreath laying performed by members of the Greater Seattle Area Chiefs Mess, followed by a video of the virtual ceremony that includes footage from the 2019 ceremony.

    Every year the Coast Guard, the City of Cle Elum and distinguished guests commemorate the service and sacrifice of Munro at the Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery in Cle Elum.

    Munro, a native of Cle Elum, gave his life evacuating elements of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines commanded by Lt. Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller at Matanikau Point, Guadalcanal, on Sept. 27, 1942. The 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.

    Go to https://www.facebook.com/USCGPNW to view the 78th anniversary ceremony.

    For more information, contact Chief Petty Officer William Colclough, 13th Coast Guard District, at 206-510-8805, or email William.R.Colclough@uscg.mil.

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