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Coast Guard Commanding Officer Remembered

An eastern Carolina Coast Guard commanding officer, whose cause of death remains a mystery, was given final military honors Monday.

Keith Willis of Dare County was found dead February 13th aboard his boat in Kittery, Maine.

Willis was given the meritorious service medal for the performance of his duty as the commanding officer of cutter Tahoma from May 2007 to February 2009.

The 44 year-old is survived by his wife of 15 years and their two children.

The Coast Guard says its investigation into Willis' death remains open pending final results of an autopsy.

Memorial contributions in Cmdr. Willis' memory may be made to the Willis Children's Scholarship Fund set up by his Coast Guard Academy classmates with checks made payable to Class of 1989 Trust, c/o Mr. Charles Coiro, 3 Rainbow Court, Quaker Hill, Conn., 06375.


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