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Coast Guard, Marines, Nation remember Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro

Friday, September 26, 2014

A memorial to Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro at Guadalcanal. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ask any Coast Guard man or woman and any Marine about Douglas Munro and you will instantly be taken back to the fateful day in 1942 when a Coast Guardsman gave his life so a detachment of Marines might live. To a woman or man, each will recite Munro’s last words to his best friend, Ray Evans, “Did they get off?” In many ways, Munro’s sacrifice is at the very core of the close relationship between the two services. And, all who hear Munro’s story instantly understand the bond between American brothers and sisters in arms and the true meaning of service to nation.

Douglas Munro: Defining what it means to be a shipmate

Friday, September 27, 2013


There are many terms used to describe Douglas Munro: hero, selfless leader, best friend, beloved son, outstanding signalman and numerous others. The term that sums up all Munro’s qualities is – shipmate.

The legacy of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Coast Guard painting

Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. 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 […]

Remembering Douglas Munro: Cmdr. Douglas Sheehan

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Signalman First Class Munro

For the Coast Guardsman, the name Munro is steeped in honor and history. As the only member of the nation’s longest serving naval service to be awarded the Medal of Honor, Douglas Munro has had Coast Guard cutters named in […]

itCG-Douglas Munro remembrance, missing swimmer found in restaurant, Canadian medevac

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Guardians from Station Seattle, Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, Integrated Support Command Seattle, and District 13 offices along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1373, gathered at the grave site of Signalmen 1st Class Douglas Munro on Friday […]

Remembering Munro

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Remembering Munro

“Upon regaining consciousness his only question was ‘Did they get off?’, and so died with a smile on his face and the full knowledge that he had successfully accomplished a dangerous mission.” Read more about Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro’s heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Evans and Munro reunited in Coast Guard fleet

Monday, September 8, 2014

Commissioing ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

“Raymond Evans’ memory, character and legacy is a part of our Coast Guard culture,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Nothing could be more fitting than to commission a fast response cutter in his name – his spirit will live on in the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans.”

Honoring the Munro Family Legacy – Patricia Sheehan

Friday, December 10, 2010

Patricia Sheehan in her 20s. (Photo courtesy of CDR Douglas Sheehan, USCGR, Ret.)

The Coast Guard lost a true friend and a member of one of the service’s most recognizable families with the passing of Patricia Sheehan. Sheehan, the daughter of World War II SPAR Edith Munro and sister of the Coast Guard’s […]

The Long Blue Line: Coxswain Bob Canavan’s deadly odyssey on Iron Bottom Sound, Guadalcanal

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Coxswain Robert “Bob” Canavan

In August 1942, during the initial stages of the World War II’s Guadalcanal campaign, the waters of Iron Bottom Sound concealed numerous Japanese submarines. Coast Guard-manned landing crafts carried out nightly anti-submarine patrols to defend against this silent but deadly menace. Coxswain Robert “Bob” Canavan volunteered to pilot one of the anti-submarine patrol boats along with three other Coast Guardsmen and two U.S. Marines. Only one man would return from the journey.

The Long Blue Line: Dwight Dexter with the first Marines at Guadalcanal

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dexter’s men and landing craft kept critically needed supplies flowing to the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal. U.S. Navy photo.

If any battle marked the turning point of World War II in the Pacific, most experts agree that the six-month land, sea and air battle for Guadalcanal was the one. American naval strategists drew a line in the sand at Guadalcanal because enemy aircraft flying from that island could cut-off Allied supply lines to Australia. During the Guadalcanal offensive, the U.S. Coast Guard served an important role through its specialties in maritime transport, amphibious landing and small boat operations. On ‘the Canal,’ the Coast Guard worked seamlessly with its U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps counterparts and, for the first time in its history, commanded and manned a U.S. Naval Operating Base, or NOB. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dwight Hodge Dexter commanded NOB “Cactus,” the code name for Guadalcanal’s naval base.

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