Douglas Munro Memorial
|123 N. W. Highway 19 |
|Crystal River, Florida ||34428|
This site is located in the WestCentral region of the state.
The Crystal River City Hall is located on the north side of NW Highway 19 between NW 1st and NW 2nd Avenues.
Dedicated September 27, 1995, this site honors the only member of the U.S. Coast Guard to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Located in the Little Spring Memorial Park behind City Hall in Crystal River, this project came to be through the efforts of personnel at the USCG Station Yankeetown and members of the Crystal River Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Petty Officer Munro died September 27, 1942 while in charge of twenty-four Higgins Boats involved in the rescue of several hundred US Marines trapped by enemy fire on Guadalcanal. The citation reads, in part, that Munro, “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.”
USCGC Douglas Munro (WHEC-724)