Douglas Munro is a name that reverberates throughout the Coast Guard world. His is a name that evokes the high ideals of heroism, selflessness, and devotion to duty and country. Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. His name graces the U.S. Coast Guard's Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as the Coast Guard Foundation's planned giving society.
The Coast Guard Foundation is excited to offer a new way for everyone to honor Douglas Munro's memory, in conjunction with his family members.
With a $100 donation, you will receive two limited-edition, numbered Douglas Munro Challenge Coins and a custom-made display case and shadow box. The coin bears his likeness on the front, and an image of the statue erected in his honor, as well as his Congressional Medal of Honor, on the back. The funds raised through this campaign will be used for the newly established Douglas Munro Scholarship Fund.
Douglas Albert Munro was killed in action on Guadalcanal on September 27, 1942 after helping a detachment of Marines escape from a point where enemy opposition was far worse than anticipated. Munro was in charge of a fleet of 10 boats that successfully landed the Marines.
He got them ashore and headed back to his assigned position, but immediately learned that the conditions on the island were much more dangerous than expected. Munro led the evacuation of Guadalcanal, bringing the boats under heavy enemy fire to rescue the Marines. In order to save the last men leaving, he moved the boat he was on to serve as cover. He was fatally wounded protecting the Marines fleeing enemy fire.
His final words were: "Did they get off?"