May 11, 1931 - April 12, 2021
CDR. Lawrence “Peter” Combs, USN (RET.), 89, died on April 12, 2021. CDR. Combs was the son of the late Lawrence Daniel and Lanthia Clevenger Combs. He was an alumnus of Hargrave Military Academy and Emory and Henry College. After graduation, he served twenty years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Commander in 1974. From 1965 thru 1968; he served two tours in Vietnam, as a pilot and as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Navy. After his second tour in Vietnam, he was assigned as a Navy Production Test Pilot at the Lockheed Company, Burbank CA. In 1971, he returned to Southeast Asia for 12 months with a special assignment in Cambodia. During the war in Southeast Asia; he received a number of decorations, which included two Bronze stars with Combat “V” device, Air Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with seven campaign stars, Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, Cambodian Medal of Honor and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He was an avid skier and blue water sailing enthusiast for over forty years. His most epic voyage was a “proper rounding” of Cape Horn in 1989. The passage was made from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tahiti, acting as First Mate on a 32’ Westsail cutter, without benefit of engine or electronic devices. In 2007; he made his last sailing voyage from Reykjavik, Iceland to Tromso, Norway, acting as second mate on the schooner "Gitana.” In 1956; while in the Naval Flight Program he became a member of the Episcopal Church. For the past 30 years, he has been a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bristol, VA. He is survived by his wife, Frances Lawhon Combs of Bristol, TN and by his nephew, Lance Heister of Overgaard, AZ. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Arlington, VA where CDR. Combs will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors in accordance with his rank. Arrangements especially for CDR. Combs and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.
CDR. Lawrence “Peter” Combs, USN (RET.), 89, died on April 12, 2021. CDR. Combs was the son of the late Lawrence Daniel and Lanthia Clevenger Combs. He was an alumnus of Hargrave Military Academy and Emory and Henry College. After... View Obituary & Service Information
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