FRED H. COVINGTON, LCDR, USN
Fred Covington '37
Date of birth: November 27, 1913
Date of death: November 12, 1945
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."
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.