The United States Coast Guard was founded on a tradition of taking small boats into dangerous conditions to save lives. This skill made Coast Guard coxswains an indispensable part of the Pacific Theater and Smitty would whole-heartedly agree. Coast Guardsmen proved their worth time and time again as they expertly handled small landing craft in and out of almost any situation. No man better exemplifies this prowess than Douglas A. Munro.
Born in Vancouver in 1919, Douglas Munro attended Cle Elum High School in Washington state. He attended the Central Washington College of Education for a year before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1939. He spent his first two years on board the Cutter Spencer, a 327-foot Treasury-class cutter which patrolled out of New York, and later Boston.
While on the Spencer
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