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.


  • Artwork depicting Munro during the engagement at Guadalcanal. This image was found at-
https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
    Artwork depicting Munro during the engagement at Guadalcanal. This image was found at- https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
  • U.S. Coastguard members at the memorial dedication for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2012
    U.S. Coastguard members at the memorial dedication for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2012
  • Front view of Munro's Congressional Medal of Honor. This image was found at-
https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
    Front view of Munro's Congressional Medal of Honor. This image was found at- https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
  • Back view of Munro's Congressional Medal of Honor. This image was found at-
https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
    Back view of Munro's Congressional Medal of Honor. This image was found at- https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
  • Munro's official service picture. This image was found at-
https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
    Munro's official service picture. This image was found at- https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroPhotoGallery.asp
  • Another view of the Munro memorial
    Another view of the Munro memorial
  • U.S. Coastguard members at the memorial dedication for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2012
    U.S. Coastguard members at the memorial dedication for Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, Sept. 27, 2012
  • Appreciative U.S. Marines during the Pacific Campaign.
PFC Class William A. McCoy and PFC Ralph L. Plunkett hold a sign saluting Coast Guard forces after Japanese forces were defeated in Guam. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
    Appreciative U.S. Marines during the Pacific Campaign. PFC Class William A. McCoy and PFC Ralph L. Plunkett hold a sign saluting Coast Guard forces after Japanese forces were defeated in Guam. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
  • Photo of a LCP similar to the one piloted by Munro.
    Photo of a LCP similar to the one piloted by Munro.

Coast Guard coxswains were skilled small boat operators from their experience gained in the U.S. Life Saving Service. The Coast Guard's first action in the Pacific was operating landing craft for amphibious landings. During the Second Battle of the Matanikau, (part of the Guadalcanal Campaign) Marines were attempting to increase their perimeter by crossing the Matanikau River. Marines under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Chesty Puller were delivered by ten landing craft under the direction of Petty Officer First Class Douglas Munro.

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. 

The Coast Guard (pp. 82-85). (2004). N.p.: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc.

(n.d.). In LCVP - Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel. Retrieved March 30, 2017, from
http://www.ussrankin.org/lcvp.htm

SM1c Douglas A. Munro, USCG (2016, December 21). In Official U.S. Coast Guard Biography:. Retrieved from https://www.uscg.mil/history/people/MunroDouglasIndex.asp