From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fred Covington '37

Date of birth: November 27, 1913

Date of death: November 12, 1945

Age: 31

Naval Academy Register

Fred Hargrave Covington was admitted to the Naval Academy from North Carolina on August 21, 1933 at age 18 years 9 months.

He was originally a member of the class of 1936. On February 7, 1933 he was "deficient in studies; required to resign." He was readmitted with the Class of 1937.

He resigned a second time on May 28, 1934; he was "deficient in studies; required to resign."


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From Find A Grave:

Ensign F. H. Covington, USNR, was designated Naval Aviator #6516 in 1940. Entered active service via the pre-war Aviation Cadet (AVCAD) program.

Lt. Cmdr. Covington was killed, along with four others, as a result on having to parachute on a foggy night into the Potomac River as a result of an aircraft malfunction. Two others survived the jump. The empty aircraft itself crashed near Indian Head, MD. Details reported in various newspapers on Nov. 14-15, 1945.

He is buried in North Carolina. Fred was survived by his parents and six siblings.


Fred was commissioned as an Ensign, USNR AV(N) on March 25, 1940. He was a LTJG flying with Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5 aboard USS Northampton (CA 26) on December 7, 1941. He was promoted to LT on October 1, 1942.


He is listed as an alumni of Davidson College Class of 1934.

Class of 1937

Fred is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.