Coast Guard to Host Douglas Munro’s 80th Memorial Ceremony – Coast Guard News


SEATTLE – The Coast Guard will conduct a wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in remembrance of Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro, the only U.S. Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient at Laurel Hill Memorial cemetery in Cle Elum, Washington.

Each year, the Coast Guard, the Town of Cle Elum, and distinguished guests commemorate Munro’s service and sacrifice at Cle Elum Cemetery.

Pictured is a stylized poster of “Douglas A. Munro covers the withdrawal of the 7th Marines to Guadalcanal” painting by artist Bernard D’Andrea in commemoration of the 80th Douglas A. Munro Memorial. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Chief Petty Officer for William Colclough

Munro, a native of Cle Elum, gave his life evacuating elements of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines commanded by Lt. Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal on September 27, 1942. The medal was given to the parents of Douglas Munro, Mr. and Mrs. James Munro of South Cle Elum, Washington, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during a ceremony at the White House Thursday, May 27, 1943.

The ceremony will also be streamed live on the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Facebook page at well as via DVIDS webcast via

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