DAVID H. BELEW, LT, USN
David Belew '67
Date of birth: August 27, 1945
Date of death: October 24, 1974
From the 1967 Lucky Bag:
My friend, Lt Dave Belew, USN died in the crash of a T-38 in Dorchester County, Maryland on 24 October 1974. He was 29 years old and one month away from graduating from the Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River.
Dave was the first roommate I met plebe summer in our 4-man room. I remember initially Dave and I had limited verbal communications until I adapted to his intense southern drawl! Born and raised in Greenfield, TN, Dave was the local high school academic and athletic hero who lived the good life in (very) small town America. His father was the local pharmacist and Mom kept the home fires burning.
When I visited his home in Greenfield during plebe year Christmas break, Dave introduced me to his best high school friend "T-Bone" (think "Dukes of Hazzard")! Before we arrived in Greenfield, I almost believed his joke that the city limit signs are back to back" and I was pleased to learn they did in fact have indoor plumbing!
Dave was blessed with a ready wit, big smile and superb academic skills (often playing bridge through most of evening Study Hours). Standing near the top of the class, in just eighteen months Dave successfully completed the immediate Master's Degree program at Monterey, including completion of all necessary academic requirements for a PhD.
After graduation, Dave and his loving fiancée Jane were married and had a son David who graduated from USNA in 1997.
In the fleet, Dave was first stationed at NAS Cecil in Jacksonville FL. During 1972-73 Dave was deployed with VA-81 on USS Forrestal, CV-59 flying A-7E's and from there went on to Test Pilot School.
Dave is my friend, and I still miss him. Jim Barrett