January 12, 2018 06:24 PM
Updated January 12, 2018 06:40 PM
Navy sailors and aviators came from near and far Friday to say goodbye to Lt. Steven “Deet” Combs Jr., 28, at Sarasota National Cemetery.
He was hailed by his commanding officer as a hero, and by his family as a man who lived a life that mattered, and that was full of love and laughter.
Lt. Combs was piloting a twin-engine Grumman C-2 Greyhound transport aircraft with 11 onboard Nov. 22, 2017, when the plane suffered catastrophic engine failure at low altitude over the Philippine Sea near Okinawa. The Lakewood Ranch resident was able to skillfully land the aircraft among 11-foot swells. Eight of those onboard survived the crash.