From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Derald Beal '54

Date of birth: May 16, 1932

Date of death: April 30, 1958

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Derald was lost when his AD-6 Skyraider crashed on April 30, 1958. (Information from Class of 1954 via email on June 8, 2017.) He is buried in California.

From the July 1958 issue of Shipmate:

He was a pilot in Attack Squadron 126 at the time and was formerly with Air Anti-Submarine Squadron 38. Lieutenant Beal was a native of Kansas. As a midshipman, his main extra-curricular interest for four years was in keeping WRNV, the Naval Academy television station, on the air. He was a member of the Alumni Association since graduation.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lois Lillian Beal.

He was the third member of the class to earn his Wings of Gold as a naval aviator.

Class of 1954

Derald is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.