SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Cutter Munro, the military service’s newest National Security Cutter, will be arriving in Seattle Wednesday in advance of the vessel being commissioned into service to our nation on Saturday.
The cutter is being commissioned in Seattle to honor the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro (1919– 1942), who is buried in the veterans’ section of Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum. The naming of the sixth NSC in honor of the former South Cle Elem, Washington resident pays tribute to Munro’s heroism and legacy.Munro was mortally wounded and died on Guadalcanal while evacuating a detachment of 500 U.S. Marines who were under attack.
Designed as the flagships of the Coast Guard’s fleet, NSCs are capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to U.S. combatant commanders.
Cutters like Munro routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea where their unmatched combination of range, speed, and ability to operate in extreme weather provides the mission flexibility necessary to conduct alien migrant interdiction operations, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and homeland security operations at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland.
Munro is the sixth NSC to be commissioned and the fourth to be homeported on the West Coast in Alameda, California.