- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Commander
- U.S.S. Trippe (DD-403), U.S. Navy
- Awarded for:
- Operation Husky
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRIPPE (DD-403), operating off the North Coast of Sicily from 26 July to 20 August 1943. Throughout this period of concentrated offensive action when the Trippe was engaged in escort duties for Allied convoys and in amphibious operations, Commander Williams fought his ship gallantly and with expert skill, inflicting severe losses on enemy aircraft during frequent air attacks and bringing the TRIPPE through without serious damage. By his fearless leadership and superior tactical knowledge in directing vigorous and effective shore bombardments in support of Army forces and by his efficient participation in three amphibious landings behind enemy lines, Commander Williams contributed in large measure to the success of our forces in this vital area."
Commander North West African Waters: Serial 3260