Northwest Yachting December 2018

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R E A DY The United States Coast Guard and Royal Candian Mounted Police work together to make boating in the PaciďŹ c Northwest possible, from saving lives to enforcing laws.

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To understand what members of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are made of, we must start with the story of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Albert Munro of Cle Elum, Washington. The date: September 27, 1942. The place: Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Nearly 500 Marines are trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz. Munro, as the petty officer in

charge, leads a group of 24 Higgins boats in the evacuation of the Marines. Munro leads five of his small craft toward the shore, then signals the others to land. The boats are strafed by enemy machine guns. To draw the enemy's fire and protect the boats loaded with evacuees, Munro places his craft with its two small guns as a shield between the beachhead and enemy forces.