GERALD F. DECONTO, CAPT, USN
Gerald DeConto '79
Date of birth: August 17, 1957
Date of death: September 11, 2001
From the 1979 Lucky Bag:
Captain DeConto was born in Sandwich, MA, and was a high school soccer star before his appointment to the Academy. While on the Yard, Captain DeConto played rugby and graduated with a bachelor’s degree with a major in physics with the Class of 1979. Rising through the ranks, he served aboard EXCEL, FRESNO, HEWITT, LAKE ERIE and SIMPSON, also attending Naval War College and Naval Postgraduate School. Captain DeConto had been promoted to director of Current Operations and Plans and was at the Pentagon organizing a response to the crisis in New York from his office in the D Ring.
Few, if any, people at Annapolis roomed together from start to finish. From this you can conclude one of two things—we had either become inseparable friends or everyone else hated us both … it was not the latter. We had become best friends, the kind that make it a no-brainer to choose a best man for your wedding and a godfather for your first son. He was the brother that I never had, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him. I know that jerry was deeply proud of four things: he was proud to be from the Naval Academy Class of 1979, he was proud of his naval service, he was proud to be from Sandwich, MA, and he was VERY proud of his family. Carl Rehling '79