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)

Coast Guard WWII hero honored in Cle Elum, Wash.

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.