World War II: | September 1942- Douglas Munro

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And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Hell yes!”

I’ve used this phrase a handful of times, mostly as a response to being invited to do something fun or something good happening for a sporting team I’m rooting for. It’s reserved for those special times when a simple “yes” just won’t do. It conveys a seriousness, an emphasis. On September 27 1942, when Commander Dwight Dexter asked Douglas Munro to lead a mission to rescue embattled Marines from a beach in Guadalcanal, Douglas Munro said: “Hell yes!”

Signalman First Class Douglas Munro enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1939. When hostilities with Japan began escalating in 1941 the Coast Guard was transferred from the Department of Transportation to the Department of the Navy as part of an emergency mobilization of force in the Pacific. By 1942 Munro and his close shipmate Ray Evans were part of the staff of Naval Operating Base Cactus at Lunga Point on the northern coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. The Coast Guardsmen at NOB Cactus routinely operated small boats up and down rivers and restricted waterways, while vitally supporting the combat actions of US Marines in the area. On September 27th, three companies of Marines had become trapped on a beach surrounded by Japanese forces on all sides. After volunteering for the rescue mission (“Hell yes!”), Munro led two LCT’s and eight Higgins boats to extract the Marines from the beach. Munro piloted his own boat to engage the Japanese positions, using his .30 caliber machine gun to provide suppressing fire, while directing the other boats in the group to pick up the Marines. He navigated directly in between the Japanese and the rescue operation to prevent the other boats carrying the rescued Marines from being fired upon. Munro was shot in the base of the skull and killed that day, and to date is the only US Coast Guardsman to be awarded the congressional Medal of Honor.

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So much of our spiritual lives are spent in a church working toward the cause of the kingdom, but when a really hard challenge arises how do we respond? Do we put our comfort, safety, or wealth on the line to get the job done? Or do we wait for someone else to step up? Don’t wait, men! Courage and valor belong to those who say “Hell yes!”

Kingdom Men, we will be mustering at Fredericksburg Battlefield on June 25-26. Friday-Sunday; for those able to participate Saturday only, you will receive the benefits of the TJC Battlefield training. Let’s “PRE-DECIDE” to train together!

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