Coast Guard commander remembered, respected by crew

Seacoast Online has posted an excellent article by Deborah McDermott concerning Cmdr. Keith Willis. Here’s an excerpt.

KITTERY, Maine — The catch in their voices came irregularly, almost unexpectedly, as they talked about their commanding officer aboard the Coast Guard cutter Tahoma Wednesday morning. Yet the crew members spoke unwaveringly about a kind, generous, religious man who garnered their respect and admiration and who will be terribly missed.

Cmdr. Keith Willis, 44, died unexpectedly in his cabin last weekend, and was found by crew members on Sunday morning. As of Wednesday, the cause of his death remains undetermined, but not suspicious, as Coast Guard officials await the results of an autopsy performed by the Maine medical examiner’s office.

Six crew members of varying rank, including executive officer Greg Stanclik, volunteered to speak about Willis, a soft-spoken North Carolinian they said was unlike any commanding officer they had ever met.

Read the full story at Seacoast Online.

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