From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Been '72

Date of birth: July 26, 1949

Date of death: August 25, 1975

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:


Richard was lost on August 25, 1975 when the F-4 he was piloting crashed while operating from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt off the coast of Florida. One site has "on approach;" a newspaper report indicates the arresting cable parted and his aircraft went into the sea.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Richard was winged as a Naval Aviator in September, 1974.

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Class of 1972

Richard is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 in Memorial Hall.