Brushes With Fame
Kittitas County’s Celebrity Connections
Kittitas County boasts a wealth of people with name recognition across the region, the country and in some cases the world. Here are just a few.
Douglas A. MunroCoast Guard Hero – its only Medal of Honor Recipient
Douglas Munro (1919-1942) was born in South Cle Elum and remains the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor. He received the decoration posthumously for his actions as officer-in-charge of a group of landing craft on September 27, 1942, during the September Matanikau action in the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II. His famous last words, “Did they get off?” out of concern for the extracted Marines. He was buried in Cle Elum’s cemetery, Laurel Hill Memorial Park, where every year, on September 27, a graveside ceremony is held in his memory. Learn more at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Douglas A. Munro bio.
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