Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Motor Machinist's Mate First Class William F. Trump, United States Coast Guard (Reserve), for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the assault phase of an LCI (L) which landed troops in the face of severe enemy fire and despite a profusion of beach obstacles on the coast of France on 6 June 1944. Having volunteered for the assignment Motor Machinist's Mate First Class Trump waded between the heavily mined beach obstacles and dragged an anchor and anchor-line to shallow water, thereby providing a safety line for troops to follow. His determination to carry out his duty in disregard to the many dangers close at hand was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard service.
General Orders: Commander 12th Fleet: Serial 10336 (October 26, 1944
Action Date: June 6, 1944
Service: Coast Guard
Rank: Motor Machinist's Mate First Class
Division: U.S.S. LCI (L)