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Marcus Munroe

Marcus Munroe was a former Commanding Officer of the 2nd (Pirai) Infantry Battalion.  He joined the British Guiana Volunteer Force BGVF in August 1965 and passed the Officer Cadet Course there before joining the GDF in 1966 and attending another Officer Cadet Course at Mons Officer Cadet School. He was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in 1967 and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in just over ten years of service. 

He was easily the most thoroughly-trained officer in the Force during its first ten years. Apart from his cadet training (1966-67), he attended courses in Scuba Diving (1970); Special Warfare 1970; Basic Parachuting 1970; Army methods of instruction 1970; Command and Staff School (ECEME) 1981-83. 

During this first decade of service, he made his mark as commander of the Reconnaissance Platoon later, Reconnaissance Squadron; of C Rifle Company; and of the 2nd Battalion. He also served as officer commanding the GYC and on operations on our borders in defence of our country’s territorial integrity.  A keen marksman, Munroe was a valued member of the force’s handgun team. He was also a natural sportsman who so often spiked his unit’s volley ball team to victory. He was a patron of popular music; serving once as the manager of the Force’s Frontline String Band. 
Marcus Munroe was respected by his troops, especially those of the old Reconnaissance Squadron who he loved and trusted to the end. He passionately believed in doing the correct thing, no matter the cost or the loss. He was steadfast, not stubborn, but only because he believed that the boundary between right and wrong should not be crossed this way and that as the days went by. 

He was honest at a time when honesty was going out of style. He had no time for deceit and dissembling. And it would never enter his head to bluff his superiors or bully his subordinates. Always polite and civil, with never a trace of arrogance or vulgarity, incapable of meanness or spite, he was a thoroughly decent person.

Munroe’s legacy lies largely in the administration, organization, operation and training of the GDF’s Special Forces, a foundation which ensured its effectiveness and cohesiveness.

He was awarded the Independence Medal, Efficiency Medal, the Border Defence Medal and the Military Service Medal for service beyond the call of duty.
Born on 26 December 1944, Marcus Munroe died on 8 March 1995.