Anchored in Service: A Hero Is Remembered
One Navy SEAL continues his grandfather's legacy of military service
Most families have traits that are passed down through the generations. Often when people look at photos of their grandparents they can see where certain features came from. For better or worse it's usually Grandma or Grandpa who deserves thanks for some defining hallmark of appearance.
The legacy of service that has been passed down to Jeremy Trump is the same legacy that has led the USCG to christen its newest sentinel-class fast response cutter USCGC William Trump (WPC 1111), which was brought to life in a commissioning ceremony Jan. 24, 2015, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida.
"This a great honor for my family, we are humbled by it," said Jeremy Trump. "To have a ship named after somebody who you knew and grew up with is just a really, really, big thing and his presence still looms large here, no doubt."
William Trump served aboard a landing craft infantry vessel (LCI(L) 90) during World War II and participated in four amphibious assaults as a first class petty officer. He fought in the occupation of Tunisia June 1, 1943, the invasion of Sicily July 9, 1943, and the landings at Salerno, Italy, Sept. 9, 1943. His military service is best remembered for his heroism during the invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944.
William Trump's vessel was part of Flotilla 10, which carried about 200 troops into the Normandy invasion. The crew's mission was to get the soldiers safely onto the beaches of France. William Trump volunteered to disembark his landing craft and head onto the beach to anchor a safety line for troops to follow.