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. The arresting cable parted and his aircraft went into the sea.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


From the December 1975 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Richard Glenn Been USN died in an aircraft accident on 25 August 1975 while atached to Fighter Squadron One Hundred One at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Entering the Naval Academy from the State of Texas, he was graduated in the Class of 1972 with a degree in analytical management. While at the academy he had been a member of the varsity football team for three years and had lettered for two. His reputation as a leader and steady player was widely known by his coaches and fellow players and he was retained after graduation to join the physical education department where he helped coach the offensive line until ordered to flight training. He was designated a naval aviator in August of 1974 and he was taking fighter replacement training when the accident occurred.

He is survived by his widow, Georganne, of 3809 Forester Lane, Virginia Beach 23452; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Autry Been of Hondo, Texas, and three sisters.

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Class of 1972

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