A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katleyn Shearer.

A challenge from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70’s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.


Officer candidates participate in a Coast Guard history course July 15, 2013, at the Coast Guard Museum located at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The course allows officer candidates to examine artifacts relevant to the historical periods they are currently studying. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

OCS classes learn to honor our service by the manners of their profession

Co-written by Jennifer Gaudio, Lt. Michael Bell and Eric Alan. “Manners of our profession” demand we honor our history, our heritage and those tough lessons learned from tragedy and perseverance. Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp often speaks […]


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presents Bill and Tom Evans with the plaque that will honor their grandfather, Cmdr. Ray Evans, at Coast Guard Headquarters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Bringing our shipmates together

Earlier this year, the Congress designated our new headquarters the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building. Today, in a ceremony befitting of the relationship between the two men, the Coast Guard named the conference center at headquarters in honor of Evans.


U.S. Coast Guard painting by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Honoring Douglas Munro

On this day in 1942, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country as he gave his own life to save the lives of 500 U.S. Marines at Gudalcanal. Each year, on Sept. 27, the Coast Guard family remembers Munro in a variety of ways. On the 71st anniversary of his death, we invite you to visit Coast Guard Compass and read a first hand account from Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Vanderhaden, command master chief for the 13th Coast Guard District, on why Munro still matters.


SK1 Figueredo with Sector St. Petersburg sign

Leading from the front: SK1 Joshua Figueredo

The dictionary definition of leadership is, “the capacity to lead, or the act or an instance of leading.” Yet to Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., crewmembers the definition of leadership means much more. That was highlighted when Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Figueredo, a storekeeper, was awarded the Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership.