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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. Munro

Coast Guard Hero – its only Medal of Honor Recipient
Website: Douglas A. Munro bio at the Coast Guard site
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Biographical Info

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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  • Intro to Square Dancing
    Free, intro to square dancing followed by desserts. Located at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Rd. Cle Elum.
  • Haunted Family Bingo
    Come to the Haunted Ronald Schoolhouse…if you dare! Play 15 games of bingo (3 on 1), and win great prizes from local businesses! Your $20 ... Read More
  • COAL’s Clothing Center
    COAL’s Clothing Center is open to the community. Everyone that uses the Clothing Center will receive 3 outfits of their choosing, per person. We also ... Read More
  • AHA First Aid-CPR-AED Class
    American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED Class (CPR includes, Adult, Child and Infant).  Cost includes AHA card.  Registration Required.
  • Kittitas County Veteran’s Coalition
    Open and available on Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum.
  • FREE Medicare Open Enrollment Presenation
    FREE Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SHIBA Program.  Hosted by RSVP and Volunteer Center and Aging and ... Read More
  • Free Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation
    Come and listen to a presentation about the upcoming Open Enrollment time for Medicare.  Information about deadlines, changes, updates and more so you can be ... Read More
  • Kittitas Audubon Program: Birding in Cuba!
    Join us for an evening of wonder as we explore the mysterious island of Cuba and it’s inhabitants, including, of course, the birds! Traveling with a ... Read More
  • Women’s Health Forum
    Join us for our Women’s Health Forum. Have a chance to talk with the experts, tour the new digital mammography suit, enter to win a ... Read More
  • Pinochle
    Join us for Pinochle. Every Thursday, 12:00 Noon at the Cle Elum Eagles Club, 220 Pennsylvania Ave. Everyone Welcome! For more info, call Josey at ... Read More