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Ingalls to christen US Coast Guard cutter Munro Saturday

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula will christen its sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter this Saturday with the christening of the Munro.

The Mississippi Press reports U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft is the keynote speaker for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Julie Sheehan, great-niece of ship namesake Douglas Munro, is the ship sponsor.

Munro is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest military decoration.

A USCG Signalman, Munro died in combat on Sept. 27, 1942 on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands of the south Pacific.

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