RICHARD G. BEEN, LTJG, USN

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Richard Been '72

Date of birth: July 26, 1949

Date of death: August 25, 1975

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:

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RICHARD GLEN BEEN

Hondo, Texas

Never one to let USNAR or upperclassmen get in his way, hard-hat Rich started his weekend overnights Plebe year. He has continually amazed everyone by staying above 2.00. Always a ladies' man from the start, Hondo spent more time down at the phone booths memorizing phone numbers than he did chow calls. Though he managed to remain single throughout his career at Canoe U., his aborted affairs will always remain a mystery to his friends. Although tall enough to be an asset to the basketball team, and equipped with his own personal pair of knee pads, Hondo found his calling on the front line of the Big Blue's offense. His "faster than a speeding turtle" wit, and unquivering devotion to duty will long be remembered by those who knew him and after a short tour of duty as a boat driver, one will certainly find him driving around the skies as a pilot for Navy Airways or milking cows back in Texas.

1972 Been LB.jpg

RICHARD GLEN BEEN

Hondo, Texas

Never one to let USNAR or upperclassmen get in his way, hard-hat Rich started his weekend overnights Plebe year. He has continually amazed everyone by staying above 2.00. Always a ladies' man from the start, Hondo spent more time down at the phone booths memorizing phone numbers than he did chow calls. Though he managed to remain single throughout his career at Canoe U., his aborted affairs will always remain a mystery to his friends. Although tall enough to be an asset to the basketball team, and equipped with his own personal pair of knee pads, Hondo found his calling on the front line of the Big Blue's offense. His "faster than a speeding turtle" wit, and unquivering devotion to duty will long be remembered by those who knew him and after a short tour of duty as a boat driver, one will certainly find him driving around the skies as a pilot for Navy Airways or milking cows back in Texas.

Loss

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.

Shipmate

From the December 1975 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Richard Glenn Been USN died in an aircraft accident on 25 August 1975 while attached 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 Virginia Beach; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Autry Been of Hondo, Texas, and three sisters.

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Class of 1972

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