Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Marines at Guadalcanal

Official Coast Guard painting of Douglas A. Munro, USCG, Munro's last moments while evacuating Marines at Guadalcanal. High Resolution Image
U.S. Coast Guard Photography, Historic Photographs & Other Images.

Please note that unless otherwise stated, all photos are official U. S. Coast Guard photographs and are therefore in the public domain.

The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal took place November 12, 1942 – November 15, 1942.

Douglas A. Munro, Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard, of Cle Elum, Washington, died heroically on Guadalcanal, September 27, 1942. He volunteered and successfully led five Higgins boats from the seaplane tender BALLARD to evacuate a detachment of Marines from a point where enemy opposition developed beyond anticipated dimensions.

Munro's last words were 'Did they get off?' The Congressional Medal of Honor, the country's highest award, was poshumously [sic] presented to Munro in May 1943 by President Roosevelt at the White House. Accepting the award were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Munro of Cle Elum, Washington." Rel. No. 05-12-43 (7); no photographer listed.

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