In the North Atlantic Ocean, as “Taps” was played over the ship’s sound system and sea spray crashed over the bow, the crew of the Legare gathered on deck Sept. 27 to honor Signalman First Class Douglas Munro’s courageous sacrifice. Munro gave his life at Guadalcanal on that day 76 years ago while helping to cover the evacuation of hundreds of Marines who were surrounded by the enemy, Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley wrote in the Coast Guard’s official blog.
“Every Coast Guard member knows the story of Douglas Munro,” Kelley noted. “His bravery is branded into our hearts as soon as we enter the gates of boot camp or walk into one of the Coast Guard Academy’s officer training programs. When we hear his name spoken, most of us get one of two images, either the black and white portrait of a young soft-featured man with his tilted Dixie-cup hat, or the painting of him leading the Higgins boats under heavy fire where he lost his life.”
Munro is the only member of the Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor.
Read the complete blog post to find out why: “Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Legare honors a hero.”
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