Douglas Albert Munro (October 11, 1919 – September 27, 1942) is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest decoration. Munro received the award posthumously for his actions in command of a landing craft on September 27, 1942 during the September Matanikau action in the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II.
Munro was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and became a U.S. citizen in 1922. He lived in South Cle Elum, Washington, where his father was employed by the Milwaukee Road. Munro is buried at the Laurel Hill Memorial Park in Cle Elum.
Medal of Honor citation
The citation for the Medal of Honor, which was presented to Douglas Munro's parents, reads as follows:
Awards and decorations
In addition to the Medal of Honor Munro also received the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Two ships, the Coast Guard's USCGC Munro (WHEC-724) and the Navy's USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422), as well as a barracks building located at USCG Training Center Cape May(Munro Hall), were named in his honor.