Coast Guard Commandant to Dedicate Memorial at National Cemetary of the Pacific

HONOLULU — The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard will visit Honolulu Jan. 17-18 to help dedicate a memorial to Coast Guard veterans at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. The memorial will honor Coast Guard veterans.

The Punchbowl cemetery has long featured memorials for veterans of the other military branches, but a Jan. 18 dedication will formally unveil a memorial for Coast Guard veterans who fought on the battlefields of World War II. A stone from Guadalcanal will be the centerpiece of the memorial.

The Coast Guard’s first participation in World War II was at Guadalcanal, where the service landed Marines in August 1942, the beginning of a six-month campaign. Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, died there rescuing a group of Marines.

Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Douglas Sheehan, Munro’s nephew, is scheduled to attend the cemetery.

The Punchbowl memorial dedication is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18,

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