Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery; Douglas A. Munro Memorial
Laurel Hill Memorial Cemetery is maintained by the city Cle Elum. The cemetery includes a monument that honors U.S. Coast Guard Signalman Petty Officer First Class Douglas Monro whose personal sacrifice at the Battle of Guadalcanal saved many United States Marines. Douglas Munro was born in Alberta, Canada and relocated in Cle Elum, Washington and remained there until his entry in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939.
Backstory and Context
The Marines were overwhelmed by Japanese machine gun fire and unable to complete their objective. Although there were no plans for evacuation, but Munro acted quickly and volunteered to return with his boat force to assist the evacuation of the Marines. As Munro's boat force approached, enemy machine gun fire decimated the plywood hulled craft and only three vessels were able to approach to the beach, Munro maneuvered his boat between the Marines and Japanese machine gun fire to protect the Marines. The operation saved all the 500 Marines, and only 25 Marines were wounded in action thanks to Munro.
While en-route to Laguna Point to offload the Marines, Munro piloted his boat back to assist the three vessels. Douglas Munro was shot in the base of the skull and was dead prior to returning to base. Douglas Munro's the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor to date.
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