**PHOTO RELEASE** Coast Guard Cutter William Trump commissioned in Key West

January 24, 2015

Collette Eddy, daughter of William Trump, presents Lt. Jared Harlow a plaque during the commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2015. Coast Guard hero, Petty Officer 1st Class William Trump, was awarded the Silver Star for valor in action during the assault phase of the landing at Normandy during World War II, more than 70 years ago. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Crew members man the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump for the first time after its commissioning and salute symbolizing they have officially manned their stations, Jan. 24, 2015. The Coast Guard 7th District welcomed their 11th fast response cutter to the fleet in Key West, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Chief Petty Officer John L. Gatton Jr., World War II Coast Guard veteran, presents the ceremonial long glass to a crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump during a commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2015. Gatton was a chief quartermaster aboard one of the many landing crafts that that approached the beach on D-Day, assigned there from the date of its commissioning, Feb. 15, 1943. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Rear Adm. Jake Korn, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, salutes Lt. Jared Harlow, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter, the William Trump, homeported in Key West, Fla. Korn served as the presiding official at the Cutter William Trump commissioning ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Griffin, command master chief for the Coast Guard 7th District, talks to the crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump moments before its commissioning at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2015. The William Trump is the fifth fast response cutter homeported in Key West. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

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Each fast response cutter is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class William Trump who earned a silver star for valor in action during the assault phase of the landing at Normandy during WWII.Trump served aboard Landing Craft Infantry 90 and volunteered to set the anchor line ashore on Omaha Beach to give the troops that his vessel was carrying a route for them to follow into the fight.  He successfully accomplished his mission and narrowly escaped death when an enemy bullet dented his helmet.Trump retired from the Coast Guard in 1965 and went on to work aboard oil tankers.

Coast Guard Cutter William Trump, homeported in Key West, is 154-feet long, has a beam of 25-feet, and a maximum sustained speed of more than 28 knots. The William Trump is armed with a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns.

The Key West Navy League Commissioning Committee is supporting the commissioning through funding of activities traditionally associated with a commissioning, separate and apart from the U.S. Coast Guard.