Douglas A. Munro

11 Oct 1919 - 27 Sep 1942

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Douglas A. Munro

11 Oct 1919 - 27 Sep 1942
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Douglas Albert Munro (October 11, 1919 – September 27, 1942) was an American coast guardsman who was posthumously decorated with the Medal of Honor for a single act of 'extraordinary heroism' during World War II. As of 2019, he is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received t
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Douglas A. Munro

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Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery

Ranger Station Rd
Cle Elum, Kittitas, Washington
United States

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SIGNALMAN FIRST CLASS
U.S. COAST GUARD
CLE ELUM, WASHINGTON
COAST GUARD COMBAT VETERANS ASSOCIATION

Edith
LT US COAST GUARD
WORLD WAR II

Marion
THIS LIGHTED FLAGPOLE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF mARION "mIKE" COOLEY
MIKE FAITHFULLY RAISED AND LOWERED THE AMERICAN FLAG DAILY OVER THIS GRAVESITE FOR OVER 40 YEARS IN TRUE DEVOTION AND DEDICATION TO HIS FRIEND
SM1/C DOUGLAS MUNRO, USCG
SEATTLE CHAPTER USCG CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS ASSN
USCG COMBAT VETERANS ASSN
VFW POST 1373 CLE ELUM, WA

mARION
S SGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II

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Douglas Albert Munro (October 11, 1919 – September 27, 1942) was an American coast guardsman who was posthumously decorated with the Medal of Honor for a single act of "extraordinary heroism" during World War II. As of 2019, he is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the medal.

Born in Canada to an expatriate American father and a British émigré mother, Munro's family repatriated to the United States when he was a child. He was raised in South Cle Elum, Washington and attended Central Washington College of Education before leaving to volunteer for military service on the eve of World War II. During the Second Battle of the Matanikau, Munro was tasked with leading the extrication of a force of United States Marines that had been overrun. He died of gunshot at the age of 22 while using the boat he was piloting to shield from Japanese fire a landing craft of Marines.

Numerous ships and buildings have been named after Munro, and several memorials and monuments dedicated to him. The anniversary of his death is annually observed in Cle Elum, Washington and at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, and his grave has been designated a historical site by the State of Washington. He is the namesake of the "Douglas Munro March", of the Navy League's Douglas A. Munro Award, of the Coast Guard Foundation's Douglas Munro Scholarship Fund, and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Douglas Munro-Robert H. Brooks Post.

"Douglas Albert Munro" Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 Aug. 2004., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Albert_Munro

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Life timeline of Douglas A. Munro

Douglas A. Munro was born on 11 Oct 1919
Douglas A. Munro was 1 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Douglas A. Munro was 20 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Douglas A. Munro died on 27 Sep 1942 at the age of 22
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