Today, Congressman John Olver spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 2767, which Congressman Olver introduced on August 1, 2011 to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8 West Silver Street in Westfield, Massachusetts, as the "Williaim T. Trant Post Office Building."
Corporal William Trant served the United States with distinction during World War II. During the D-Day invasion of Normandy, he went ashore on Utah Beach with the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Division. Trant was wounded by machine gun fire in the arm and the leg during the battle. He participated in the liberation of France and survived the Battle of the Bulge where the Allied forces beat back Germany's final attempt to change the tide of the war. For his heroism during the war he was awarded the Purple Heart.
William Trant was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, and husband. He passed away in April of 2002 following a long battle with prostate cancer and the loss of a son during the horrific attacks of 9/11. He is survived by his wife Mary -- whose strength was recently the focus of a May 27 profile on MassLive.com -- seven children, and a number of grandchildren.