Training Center Cape May remembers Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Munro

U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May holds a memorial ceremony for Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2019, near his statue on the parade field on base. U.S. Coast Guard men and women carry out a wide variety of diverse missions every day as we protect people on the sea, protect the nation against threats from the sea and protect the sea itself. We focus on present-day operations and readiness for tomorrow, but certain days compel us and all Americans to reflect back upon our history and heritage. Friday, the 77th anniversary of Munro’s extraordinarily heroic actions at Guadalcanal, is such a day. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Timothy Tamargo

U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May helds a memorial ceremony for Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2019, near his statue on the parade field on base. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Timothy Tamargo

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guardsmen and recruits gathered to remember the sacrifice of the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient aboard Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.

The crew of Training Center Cape May gathered at a statue erected in Douglas Munro’s honor to mark the 77th anniversary of the Coast Guardsman’s death during World War II. Munro was killed at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, attempting to rescue 500 beleaguered Marines who had come under heavy enemy fire Sept. 27, 1942.

Munro led a group of five Higgins boats ashore to evacuate the Marines, which also came under heavy enemy fire. Munro used his Higgins boat as a shield by placing his boat between the enemy and the other rescue boats, which were heavily loaded with Marines. Munro’s actions drew enemy fire away from the Marines, but Munro was shot and killed during the rescue attempt.

Munro uttered his last words to a wounded shipmate aboard the bullet riddled Higgins boat, “did they all get off?”

“Munro died a hero and in doing so forever etched himself into Coast Guard history,” said Capt. Kathy Felger, the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “Not just as our only Medal of Honor recipient, but the personification of our Service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.

“These values are what we strive to instill in our recruits as they pass through these gates,” said Felger. “They are the future of our beloved service and carry Munro’s legacy with them as they leave here and go to the fleet. They have chosen a life dedicated to protecting their nation and helping their fellow man.”

Felger called the crew to attention and read Munro’s Medal of Honor citation. A wreath was placed at the foot of the Munro Statue in remembrance of his sacrifice 77 years ago. The ceremony concluded with a 3-volley-salute and the playing of “Taps.”


If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.

Related Posts

Comments are closed.