The U.S. Coast Guard will commemorated the 70th anniversary of the death of Douglas A. Munro, the service's sole recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor at his gravesite Thursday at Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Wash.
Capt. Marc Lebeau, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Base Seattle served as the keynote speaker. Cmdr. Doug Sheehan, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, and nephew of Munro; Oregon state Rep. Patrick Sheehan, great-nephew of Munro; and Cmdr. Ray Evans, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, friend and shipmate of Munro, attended the event.
Douglas Albert Munro was killed in action on Guadalcanal on September 27, 1942 after helping a detachment of Marines escape from a point where enemy opposition was far worse than anticipated. Munro was in charge of a fleet of 10 boats that successfully landed the Marines.
He got them ashore and headed back to his assigned position, but immediately learned that the conditions on the island were much more dangerous than expected. Munro led the evacuation of Guadalcanal, bringing the boats under heavy enemy fire to rescue the Marines. In order to save the last men leaving, he moved the boat he was on to serve as cover. He was fatally wounded protecting the Marines fleeing enemy fire.
His final words were: “Did they get off?”
The Coast Guard Foundation's planned giving society is named in Munro's honor.
The Douglas A. Munro Society was established to recognize those donors who have provided for the Coast Guard Foundation in their estate plans. The Society acknowledges the generous intention of the Foundation’s most forward-thinking philanthropic supporters. We extend our deepest appreciation to those who have chosen to include the Foundation through their bequests, trust and annuities and welcome new members at any time.
The Coast Guard Foundation’s planned giving society welcomes new members each year. Most join by simply including the Foundation in their wills, but others choose to use charitable trusts to provide for the men and women of the Coast Guard in perpetuity.