From the 59 Veterans Project: MOH Winner Douglas Munro!



With over 100 million military personnel in uniform during its many years of conflict, World War II is the largest and most widespread war in human history. Its casualties are staggering: with over 60 million civilians killed and over 25 million military personnel losing their lives from over 60 countries around the globe.
Every branch of the U.S. Military was supremely engaged in WWII including the United States Coast Guard. And in its illustrious history of saving lives and rescuing people at sea, only one member of the U.S. Coast Guard was ever awarded America’s highest award for valor: The Medal of Honor. And it occurred during World War II.
His was Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro. His MOH citation reads in part: “For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of a group of Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a Battalion of Marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, on September 27, 1942…” As it is, Munro saved hundreds of Marines that day, and in the process contributed greatly to America’s first military victory in WWII. During his valiant act he also gave the “last full measure of devotion,” and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and also the Purple Heart Medal in May 1943 by President Roosevelt at the White House.  Accepting the awards were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Munro of Cle Elum, Washington.

All of us here at the 59 VETERANS PROJECT proudly salute the United States Coast Guard and all our military veterans for whom our project is intended.  We also remember and salute Douglas A. Munro, Coast Guardsman and hero of the Battle of Guadalcanal.  His valor and gallantry will never be forgotten!

To learn more about Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro and the Battle of Guadalcanal, please visit this website:  And to learn about our 59 VETERANS PROJECT and our enterprise to teach and help veterans transition into viable careers in 4k/3D photography and videography, please visit our headquarters company here: May the spirit and heroism of Douglas A. Munro and other heroic veterans inspire us and guide us as we ascend the summit together!

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