Honor, respect, devotion to duty...
Rear Adm. Donna Cottrell, Director of Joint Interagency Task Force West, salutes with fellow Coast Guardsmen after laying a a wreath during a memorial ceremony to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal at U.S. Memorial Skyline Hill, in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Aug. 7.
During World War II, the Coast Guard provided critical skill sets to combatant commanders delivering U.S. forces to island after island as they hopped across the Pacific.
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower was a military campaign fought between Aug. 7, 1942, and Feb. 9, 1943, on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater of World War II. It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.
As part of the ceremony, a row of crows from 1st class petty officers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), were placed on Signalman First Class Douglas Munro's memorial, after a memorial service. Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, received the nation’s highest military award posthumously for his actions Sept. 27, 1942, at Point Cruz.
Munro was the officer-in-charge of 24 Higgins boats engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of Marines, including Marine Corps Gen. Chesty Puller, who was a colonel at the time.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, spoke and laid a wreath on behalf of the Marine Corps during the service.
Read more about Munro at: https://goo.gl/mXLmNt
(U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)
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