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Branch: Navy
Theatre: World War II

J. MacPherson “Mac” Munk started his naval service soon after the outbreak of World War II. He was first sent to Vella Lavella near Guadalcanal where he searched out Japanese soldiers in-hiding. He was next assigned to a landing craft that had been converted to a gunboat, and participated in the battles of Peleliu, Okinawa and others. While on patrol near Okinawa, Munk spotted Japanese planes approaching. The crew fired at the planes but missed, then one turned around and came back. The Kamikaze crashed into the sea, barely missing Munk and his crew. Munk was able to retrieve the parachute and silk scarf that the pilot had worn.

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Selections are only based on the nominee's military service
Nominees do not have to be alumni or associated with the university in any way. Each year, the committee selects eleven honorees based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Selections are only based on the nominee's military service.