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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