Coast Guard WWII hero honored in Cle Elum, Wash.

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer

Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro gave his life to evacuate Marines from the beaches of Guadalcanal during World War II.

In September each year Coast Guardsmen, veterans, family, community leaders and residents gather in his home town of Cle Elum, Washington, to remember his sacrifice. Munro received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his efforts. He is the Coast Guard’s only MOH recipient to date.

His service later spurred his mother to be a significant part of the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve known as the SPARs.

You can read more about the life of Munro here.

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, salutes as a color guard comprised of Seattle-area Coast Guardsmen presents the colors during a memorial ceremony for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro was killed by enemy fire while evacuating a group of Marines from the beaches of Guadalcanal during World War II. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, salutes as a color guard comprised of Seattle-area Coast Guardsmen presents the colors during a memorial ceremony for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro was killed by enemy fire while evacuating a group of Marines from the beaches of Guadalcanal during World War II. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

 

A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

 

Representatives from Seattle-area chapters of the Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officers Association, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association and the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association present wreaths in honor of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony held at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. More than 50 Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony, along with other service members and veterans, community leaders, family members of Munro and local students. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Representatives from Seattle-area chapters of the Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officers Association, the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association and the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association present wreaths in honor of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony held at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. More than 50 Coast Guardsmen attended the ceremony, along with other service members and veterans, community leaders, family members of Munro and local students. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

 

A bugler performs Taps during a memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro held at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Each year, a ceremony is held to honor Munro on the anniversary of his death. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

A bugler performs Taps during a memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro held at his gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Each year, a ceremony is held to honor Munro on the anniversary of his death. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

 

 

 

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