Please Keep Holy the Memorial Day Holiday!
Douglas A. Munro(The only Coastie who earned the MOH.)
Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Matanikau River, Guadalcanal on 27 September 1942. From his citation extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty as Petty Officer in Charge of a group of 24 Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz Guadalcanal, on 27 September 1942. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machine guns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led five of his small craft toward the shore. As he closed the beach, he signaled the others to land, and then in order to draw the enemy’s fire and protect the heavily loaded boats, he valiantly placed his craft with its two small guns as a shield between the beachhead and the Japanese. When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was instantly killed by enemy fire, but his crew, two of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach. By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
God Bless Him!!
Many of the landing craft in WW2 were manned by US Coast Guard Small Boat Coxswain. So think about it, drive up onto a heavily defended beach and drop off a squad of soldiers, then cruise back and load up again only to run to the beach AGAIN?!?!? Now I know the boys on the beaches had it tough, but they could dig in. These Coasties were running slow diesel powered landing craft and running back and forth all day. I can't even imagine!
More Heros Mentioned Here.
God Bless our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman/woman and their Veterans.