Coast Guard, Marine Corps, community recognizes the 70th anniversary of the death of Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News

SEATTLE — More than 150 U.S. Coast Guardsmen, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard retirees, family members and City of Cle Elum, Wash. residents, recognize the 70th anniversary of the death of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Albert Munro – the Coast Guard’s lone Medal of Honor recipient, during a memorial ceremony, Thursday, at Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Wash.

Capt. Marc Lebeau, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Base Seattle and keynote speaker, addressed the crowd which included Cmdr. Doug Sheehan, U.S. Coast Guard, retired, and nephew of Munro; Mr. Chris Sheehan, newphew of Munro; and Oregon state Rep. Patrick Sheehan, great-nephew of Munro.

Cmdr. Jim Eidemiller, of the Veternas of Foreign Wars Douglas Munro Post 1373, and a U.S. Marines detachment provided a 21-gun salute.

Munro, a Cle Elum native, received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of a group of Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of nearly 500 Marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942.

When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was killed by enemy fire, but his crew, two of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach.

Munro’s final words were “Did they get off?”

Additional distinguished guests included the Honorable Charles Glondo, Mayor of the City of Cle Elum; the Honorable James DeVere, Mayor of the City of South Cle Elum; the Honorable Neal Lockett, Mayor of the City of Roslyn, Wash.; and members of the U.S. Marine’s Security Force Battalion at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash.

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