Hundreds lined the halls of George Washington University Hospital on Friday to pay tribute to Coast Guard Commander Molly Waters, who passed away from injuries suffered in a May 13 collision with her motorcycle.
Waters, a Wyoming native living in Alexandria, Va., previously served as commanding officer of the cutters Neah Bay and Hollyhock and was executive officer of the cutter Fir.
She was struck on her way to U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and taken to GWU in critical condition. With family by her side, including her mother and stepfather, Marian and Robert West, and father James Killen, Waters was taken off life support four days later.
USCG Cutter Alder put out a call on Facebook for “as many shipmates as possible join forces to honor a fellow Coastie and show support to the family” as, per wishes in her will, Waters was taken to undergo an organ donation procedure.
The Honor Walk included Coasties, doctors and nurses; “Taps” sounded and Coast Guard Chaplain Lt. Jonathan Alexander led prayers.
“To see all of these people, it’s like good Lord, our little kid. How far she went in life in her short 38 years,” said Marian West, according to WJLA.
“In the passing, she wanted to donate all of her organs and tissues and anything she could,” the commander’s mother added. “It’s typical Molly fashion.”
Killen said that Waters, who loved the sea as a child, “went with the Coast Guard because they were the only ones that told her she could be a pirate.”
Adm. Anthony Vogt presented Marian West with the Meritorious Service Medal at her daughter’s bedside.