Making a lasting contribution to the Coast Guard Foundation will make a tremendous difference in the lives of Coast Guard men and women. By including a bequest to the Coast Guard Foundation in your will or considering other estate plan options, you can be assured your support is not limited to your lifetime, but will continue into the future.
The Douglas A. Munro Society was established to recognize those donors who have provided for the Coast Guard Foundation in their estate plans. Named for the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor winner, Douglas A. Munro, Signalman First Class, the Society acknowledges the generous intention of the Foundation’s most forward-thinking philanthropic supporters. We extend our deepest appreciation to those who have chosen to include the Foundation through their bequests, trust and annuities and welcome new members at any time.
The Coast Guard Foundation’s planned giving society welcomes new members each year. Most join by simply including the Foundation in their wills, but others choose to use charitable trusts to provide for the men and women of the Coast Guard in perpetuity.
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?”