Guardian of Guadalcanal - A Book by Gary Williams

From the acclaimed author of SEAL of Honor, Gary Williams, the full story of Douglas Munro will finally be told in it's entirety. Guardian of Guadalcanal: The Story of Douglas A. Munro, United States Coast Guard will be available September 27, 2014. Stay tuned for more info and follow Gary Williams on Twitter.

Lakota Press Announces Release of Guardian of Guadalcanal:

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The World War II Story of Douglas Munro, United States Coast Guard
Book tells the story of Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro,the United States Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient

August 11, 2014 – CINCINNATI – On September 27, 2014, Lakota Press will release Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas Munro, United States Coast Guard. The book, written by acclaimed author Gary Williams, tells the story of the courage and selflessness of Douglas Munro, the United States Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient.

Douglas A. Munro was a signalman first class of the United States Coast Guard. He died heroically on Guadalcanal on September 27, 1942. Having volunteered to evacuate a detachment of nearly 500 Marines who were facing annihilation by an unexpected large enemy force, he succeeded in safely extracting them. In doing so, Munro was mortally wounded.

"I am very proud and quite honored to be able to share the full story of Douglas Munro in its entirety," said author Gary Williams. "This man volunteered to lead a rescue expedition to save the lives of hundreds of Marines. He truly led by example…he was courageous, selfless and was only thinking about the mission at hand."

For his heroic and selfless actions during the rescue mission, Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, as well as the Purple Heart Medal.

The official launch of Guardian of Guadalcanal will take place Friday, September 26, noon-3 p.m., during a book signing at Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, Washington. Books will be signed by Gary Williams and Douglas Munro’s nephew, Doug Sheehan. This launch follows the Annual Ceremony to honor Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro at the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Guardian of Guadalcanal will be available September 27, 2014, at Barnes & Noble bookstores, Amazon, CGX and a variety of other retailers. The book has been named to the Coast Guard Commandant's Professional Reading List, and both the Coast Guard and Navy Exchanges will stock it.

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About the Author

Gary Williams
Acclaimed Author and Co-Producer

Gary Williams was born March 5 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 1974 and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Leadership from Franklin University, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.

Gary’s father was a decorated Korean War combat veteran. The oldest of five children, Gary and his four siblings were reared with a near reverent respect for those who wear our nation’s uniform.

Gary is the author of several books, including:

  • Siege in Lucasville: An Eyewitness Account and Critical Review of Ohio’s Worst Prison Riot, 2003
  • SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of LT Michael P. Murphy, USN, 2010
  • Heart of a Lion: The Leadership of LT Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL, 2012

He also co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary MURPH: The Protector in 2014.

His latest work, Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas A. Munro, United States Coast Guard will be released in the fall of 2014.

Gary and his wife have six children and two grandchildren and live just north of Cincinnati.