MAY 23 CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN COAST GUARD HERO

MAY 23 CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN COAST GUARD HERO

A ceremony honoring the only member of the United States Coast Guard ever to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Bravery will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, at the Doña Ana County Government Center Commission Chambers.

A Coast Guard Color Guard will open the ceremony honoring Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro, who died in 1942 while successfully rescuing a group of Marines who were surrounded by heavily armed and fortified Japanese troops during World War II on the island of Guadalcanal.

The ceremony follows the name change of former County Road B-08 west of La Mesa in honor of Munro. The road-name change was requested by Chief John R. Tuite of the United States Coast Guard Loran Station on Douglas Munro Road.

Tuite said the road’s name change attracted the attention of the Coast Guard’s top brass, which led to a collaboration between the Doña Ana County Special Projects Office and the Coast Guard to stage a ceremony on the Friday preceding Memorial Day to honor Munro and commemorate the change of the road’s name in his memory.
Tuite will speak at the event, as will Doña Ana County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans and Capt. Robert Paulison, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Corpus Christi Sector. In addition, a film will be shown that documents Munro’s service and sacrifice. The ceremony will end with a short film depicting the physical mounting of the road signs honoring Munro.

The media and the public are encouraged to attend.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.