Coast Guard historian to present history of Douglas Munro at National Museum of the Marine Corps

Douglas Munro

WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Beth Crumley will present the personal history of Signalman First Class Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, during a special exhibit on the history of the Battle of Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

Crumley will speak about Munro, who died a hero evacuating a battalion of Marines trapped by the Japanese at Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1942. She will also provide information on the history of the Coast Guard’s mission at Guadalcanal, specifically the events of the Second Battle of Matanikau.

During the event, the museum will have on display Munro’s Medal of Honor and special artifacts and exhibits on the Battle of Guadalcanal. This is the first time since the 1960s that Munro’s medal will be on display outside of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Crumley’s presentation is at 1 p.m. on both Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va., 22172. Admission to the museum and the presentation is free.

More information on Signalman First Class Douglas Munro can be found here.

Information on the National Museum of the Marine Corps can be found at http://www.usmcmuseum.com.

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