That day, he met Raymond J. Evans, a fellow recruit. Munro at the time of his enlistment at the age of 19. Throughout their patrol, the crew maintained strict health precautionary measures and minimized interactions with others to ensure sustained mission readiness. Aware of his family’s good fortune, Munro was moved to help those in need. Evans remained aboard Hunter Liggett, marking the first time the two friends had been separated. Two ships were named in Douglas Munro's honor. Only once were they not stationed together, and even then, only briefly did they serve apart. In September 1940, while Spencer was participating in the Atlantic Weather Observation Service, later the Ocean Station program, Munro advanced to Signalman Third Class. Thanks to a partnership with the Kodiak Area Native Association, the Munro crew conducted pre-deployment COVID-19 testing, followed by a 14-day monitoring period in order to ensure the safety of the crew during the current global pandemic. Kelch was found dead Jan. 27 along the shore of an island when their ship, the cutter Douglas Munro, was docked in nearby Dutch Harbor. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro returns home from 2 month patrol, on Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro returns home from 2 month patrol, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, Coast Guard rescue 2 on disabled sailboat in severe weather near Fort Myers, Coast Guard locates child, grandparents in Willamette National Forest, OR, Coast Guard Cutter Active offloads $159 million of cocaine. His first role model was his mother, Edith, and he would eventually be hers. Elements of Lieutenant Colonel Lewis “Chesty” Puller’s 1st Battalion, 7th Marines moved out on September 23 for an exploratory mission, but quickly ran into trouble. All rights reserved. Munro volunteered for the job and brought the boats to shore under heavy enemy fire, then proceeded to evacuate the men on the beach. The missions can be very … Munro was put in charge of the Higgins boats assigned to land the Marines. So on the afternoon of September 27, 1942, when a fatally-wounded Navy Coxswain named Samuel B. Roberts slammed his shot-to-shit Higgins Boat landing craft into the beach at Lunga Point Base at 20 miles an hour, it didn’t take long for Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas Munro to grab his … Munro, the first and only member of the U.S. Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor, had been aboard the the seaplane tender Ballard. Munro, the first and only member of the U.S. Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor, had been aboard the the seaplane tender Ballard.. Anchored just off Guadalcanal, the ship received word that 500 men from the 1st Battalion, 7th … Map courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command. Our Nation’s highest military award for valor is given for action above and beyond the call of duty. One coxswain yelled to Munro to fall back, that rescue wasn’t possible, but Munro refused to leave the Marines. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”. Positioning his landing craft parallel to the shore so Evans could provide covering fire for the Marines, Munro held station as the beleaguered men swam out to the landing craft. To better enable both aerial reconnaissance and search and rescue missions, the Munro crew embarked an aviation detachment and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, California. For extraordinary heroism and acts above and beyond the call of duty during World War II, the United States Congress awarded 473 Medals of Honor. Free resources for your classroom to commemorate the December 7,1941 attack. Evans was transferred as well, and the two enthusiastically took an opportunity to train as coxswains for landing craft. Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro conducted a boarding in the Pacific Ocean, July 24, 2020. Douglas Munro - High School graduation Since there was no training station in the Coast Guard in 1939, Ray was put in charge of a group of about 12 enlistees, including Munro, and placed on a bus to the Coast Guard Air Station at Port Angeles. He was reburied with honors in 1948 at the Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum, Washington. Their outstanding results, positive attitude and exceptional work ethic set the standard for future U.S. Coast Guard engagements.”. Many entertainers and future celebrities answered their country's call and donned US Navy and Coast Guard blues, serving at sea during the war. Members from Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro stand in formation on the back of the cutter, July 24, 2020. Then, on September 21, the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Spencer (WPG-36) arrived and Munro and Evans were selected to be crew. When the United States entered the war in December 1941, both men knew it was only a matter of time before they would get in the action. Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro was 22. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro, WHEC-724, celebrated its hull day at sea with a display aboard the vessel on July 24. The white shield on his sleeve identifies him as Coast Guard. NPG is an annual high seas U.S. fisheries international law enforcement operation designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity, including large-scale high seas pelagic drift-net fishing. It was commissioned in 2017 with Julie Sheehan—Munro's great-niece—serving as the ship's sponsor. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machineguns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led 5 of his small craft toward the shore. Ingalls prepares to christen Coast Guard cutter Munro November 13, 2015 at 9:56 PM CST - Updated July 2 at 5:15 AM The 400 plus foot U.S. Coast Guard vessel is named for Douglas Munro. In June 1941, Munro got orders to report aboard a transport ship, USS Hunter Liggett (AP-27). The boat crews were still refueling the landing craft when word came down that the Marines they had just landed needed to be pulled out immediately. Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro sent his family this snapshot of himself wearing side arms aboard his ship. Where one went, the other was there. High Endurance Cutters have a crew of 160 and have long served as the capital ships of the Coast Guard cutter fleet. Kali Martin earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies and German at the University of Miami and a master's degree in Military a... Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro,…, Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, Coming To America: The War Brides Act of 1945, “America Remembers Wake Island and Is Proud”: The Battle That Lifted a Nation’s Morale in 1941, The Path Through the Soviet Union and China to Pearl Harbor, Curator's Choice: The Book of the Dead and Dying. Douglas Munro was born to James and Edith in October 1919, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Their mission that morning was to … This resulted in the order for three  companies of 1st Battalion, 7th Marines to land via landing craft on a beach west of Point Cruz to enter the attack from the rear. A small notebook by Charles Don Page records the defining moment in 212 men’s lives under the Imperial Japanese Army. The valiant defense of Wake Island by US Marines, sailors, soldiers, and civilians became a potent rallying point for Americans in the dark days after Pearl Harbor. Serving aboard a high endurance Coast Guard cutter is quite an experience. Munro, climbing the superstructure of Spencer. Beaching the boat, he jumped down to Munro, who had just regained consciousness. For his actions on September 17, Evans was awarded the Navy Cross and promoted to Chief Signalman. Munro received the decoration posthumously for his actions as officer-in-charge of a group of landing craft on September 27, 1942, … Munro and Evans became inseparable when they enlisted on the same date, earning the nickname “The Gold Dust Twins.” This is Evans at his enlistment, age 18. The ship began a 5,400-mile voyage to the East Coast and Munro and Ray were made quartermasters. Douglas Munro’s crew began their patrol just south of the Aleutian Islands and spent 59 days enforcing fisheries regulations while traveling 12,500 miles throughout the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro. He yelled to Munro to get down, but it was too late. Hitler and his staff kept driving German troops onward to Moscow to impel Imperial Japan to enter the war. From his Official Military Personnel File, National Archives, St. Louis. Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard. Riley Gatewood, commanding officer, Douglas Munro. Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard. The United States Coast Guard Cutter MUNRO was commissioned on September 27, 1971, at Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana. After the war, Munro’s remains were brought back to the United States. From Munro’s Official Military Personnel File, National Archives, St. Louis. The NPG includes multilateral and bilateral international agreements with the United States in order to advance the conservation and management of high seas fisheries resources. More than 60,000 women wed by American servicemen during World War II hoped to leave their old homes behind and rejoin their husbands for a new life in the United States. Douglas Albert Munro (October 11, 1919 – September 27, 1942) is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor, the United States's highest military award. This site is owned and operated by Bright Mountain Media, Inc., a publicly owned company trading with the symbol: BMTM. The two worked together in every spare hour to earn their new rating. The dedication of the ship took place on April 15, 1972, at Munro's first homeport of Boston, Massachusetts. However, for these “War Brides” restrictive American immigrations policies posed a major challenge. Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro sent his family this snapshot of himself wearing side arms aboard his ship. For recent photographs follow us on Flickr. Historian Richard Frank explores the influence of China and the Soviet Union in the Japanese decision to attack American territories in December 1941. High Endurance Cutters have a crew of 160 and have long served as the capital ships of the Coast Guard cutter fleet. The tenth of twelve 378-foot cutters, MUNRO was the first to be named after a Coast Guard hero - Signalman First Class Douglas Munro. The next day he evacuated casualties, returning them to McCawley. Reporting back to the transport ship he learned he was being transferred yet again. This map shows the area where Puller’s men were operating. Their actual training was to be at sea, aboard Spencer as the ship made its way from Washington, to Staten Island, New York, to participate in Neutrality Patrols in the Atlantic. They were reinforced by elements of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines two days later. Photo courtesy of ENS Jake Marx. As such, they began to learn navigation and log keeping, as well as how to maintain deck equipment as part of the ship’s deck force. 2020 Munro Inspirational Leadership Award Winner: ME3 Erin … USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is the sixth Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Despite not having small boat experience, they were able to train over the summer, and Evans recalled that Munro “just had that instinct.” The two friends passed small boat training and were assigned to Transport Division 17. As of 2018, USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is in active Coast Guard service. Top image from Douglas Munro's personnel file courtesy of the US National Archives. Photo by ENS Jake Marx. Then, on September 21, the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Spencer (WPG-36) arrived and Munro and Evans were selected to be crew. Coast Guard cutters, including the Douglas Munro (WHEC 724), sitting moored in Kodiak, Alaska, this past May. Douglas Munro has earned the title of the America’s Bering Sea Cutter, for her extensive resume of arduous patrols in perilous Aleutian waters. U.S. Coast Guard photo. USCGC Douglas Munro (WHEC-724) is a Hamilton-class High Endurance Cutter of the United States Coast Guard, named for Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro (1919–1942), the only Coast Guardsman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Munro, Evans, and the other 18 recruits sworn in that day were sent to Air Station Port Angeles, where the staff there were clueless as to what was to be done with them. KODIAK, Alaska — The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro (WHEC 724) returned to homeport following a two-month-long Operation North Pacific Guard (NPG) patrol, focused on enforcing international fishery regulations, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was instantly killed by enemy fire, but his crew, 2 of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach. Douglas Munro was commissioned on September 27, 1971, at Avondale Shipyard in New … On the island, Japanese forces had withdrawn to the western side of the river, necessitating the insertion of Marine forces in an attempt to dominate the area and prevent Japanese forces from establishing themselves close to American lines. The cutter is named after Douglas Munro, a Cle Elum native and the only service member from the Coast Guard ever honored with the Medal of Honor. Douglas A. Munro both followed and set an example. Three United States warships have been named after Munro: the destroyer escort USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422), and the cutters USCGC Douglas Munro (WHEC-724) and USCGC Munro (WMSL-755). Copyright © 2020 Coast Guard News. For three days they peeled potatoes, mowed grass, and helped with boat maintenance. After several minutes, and still under fire, the landing craft was free, and Munro pulled behind it. While patrolling in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands, the Douglas Munro crew rendezvoused with Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755). In the opening strokes of the Battle of the Bulge, platoon leader Vernon McGarity distinguished himself in combat, inspired his men, and saved lives while delaying the onslaught of German forces. Helping others became a passion for Munro and set him on a path towards the United States Coast Guard. Anchored just off Guadalcanal, the ship received word that 500 men from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, had met fierce resistance from the Japanese and were pinned down on … Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro wouldn’t see the 28th. She had persisted when the Coast Guard was reluctant to allow her to join—she was 48, and a Gold Star Mother of a Medal of Honor recipient. Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard. The tenth of twelve 378-foot cutters, MUNRO was the first to be named after a Coast Guard hero - Signalman First Class Douglas Munro. The Higgins boats beached, deposited the men, and returned to Lunga Point. U.S. Coast Guard photo. While Spencer conducted Neutrality Patrols on the East Coast, Munro and Evans began to train for the rate of signalman. He failed to return to the ship. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter DOUGLAS MUNRO recently completed a nearly two-month patrol, traveling 12,500 miles (20,117 km) throughout the ocean in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, an annual high seas fisheries law enforcement operation designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported, and … Since World War II , the two services have further solidified our close ties during joint operations such as Coast Guard naval gunfire support of I-Corps Marine units during the Vietnam … Wearing undress blues, Munro has reached the rate of Signalman Third Class in this photo. Arriving at the rendezvous spot, the boats quickly came under withering fire from the beach. The cutter’s hull day, July 24, correlates with its hull number, 724. Learn more about Douglas Munro. 6.7K likes. In order to qualify for the rating, Munro had to learn to send and receive Morse code via telegraph and blinker light, learn how to send and receive messages via signal flags, and how to encode and decode messages. After several trips to finish landing Marines from his transport, Munro grabbed his signalman’s gear, including a blinker light and semaphore flags, and took up station on the beach, ready to communicate between Marines ashore and the ships out to sea. Douglas Munro has earned the title of the … Over the next year, Munro and Evans, always together, moved between transport ships with Transport Division 17. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machine guns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led five of his small craft toward the shore. Although it may be a gloomy day today, sunny days like the one pictured in July of 2018 will returned to Kodiak. When Munro was just two years old, his family moved to Washington, eventually settling the small town of Cle Elum. Evans watched as a bullet struck the base of Munro’s skull and he fell to the deck. Though they were aboard separate ships, both were headed for the Pacific. The painting’s original title was “Douglas A. Munro Covers the Withdrawal of the 7th Marines at Guadalcanal” and was painted by artist Bernard D’Andrea for the Coast Guard Bicentennial Celebration. Life there was full of outdoor activities, and Munro was a good athlete, participating in several sports in high school. Incredibly, the Coast Guard fully manned more than 350 naval ships, including 76 LSTs (Landing Ship, Tank), 21 cargo and attack-cargo ships, 75 frigates, and 31 transports. First was a destroyer escort launched on March 8, 1944, with Lieutenant Junior Grade Edith F. Munro christening it. Douglas A.Munro, USCG, South Cle Elum, Washington. By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. This work kept Munro busy through August and into the latter part of September. A thousand yards out, Munro noticed a reef, and led the small fleet of landing craft around it, putting the Marines ashore about 100 yards off their target. Tucker joined the Coast Guard in August 2017 and then joined the crew of the Douglas Munro on Nov. 13, 2017, as his first assignment following boot camp, according to his service record. Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard. A copy of the telegram sent to Munro’s mother, Edith on October 21, 1942, informing her of the death of her son. Munro asked Evans, “Did they get off?” Evans replied the Marines had, and Munro died. At 12:30 p.m., the boats were away, headed towards the shore. 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