WILLIAM TRUMP WPC 1111
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NAMESAKE - Motor Machinist’s Mate First Class William Francis Trump, USCG (November 7 1923 - July 24 2009)
Trump was aboard USS LCI(L)-90, one of the many Coast Guard-manned ships that landed on the beaches of France on D-Day.
Trump and his crew participated in the occupation of Tunisia on June 1, 1943, the invasion of Sicily on July 9, 1943 and the landings at Salerno on September 9, 1943. The crew then sailed for England as part of Flotilla 10, in preparation for the invasion of Normandy.
As a member of the landing craft infantry, Trump studied detailed maps of the terrain and memorized key landmarks along the coastline that would guide them to their assigned landing area.
The crew of approximately 27 men aboard each craft carried 200 troops in the invasion and the crew’s mission was to get the soldiers safely onto the beaches of France. The beaches were treacherous enough, but Trump volunteered for a duty that would put him directly in the line of fire. Trump volunteered to disembark his landing craft and head onto the beach to anchor a line that troops would use for safety.
Already under severe enemy fire, Trump met an abundance of beach obstacles as he waded between the heavily mined beach and dragged an anchor and anchor-line to shallow water. He safely managed to secure the line that acted as a safety line for troops to follow as they transited the beach.
Trump put himself in the line of fire to aide others and due to his valor in action in the assault phase of the landing at Normandy, Trump was awarded the Silver Star.
The ships sponsor is Ms. Collette A. Eddy, daughter of William Trump.
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