PATRICK DUNN, CDR, USN
Patrick Dunn '85
Date of birth: January 31, 1962
Date of death: September 11, 2001
From Patrick's wife, Stephanie, in an email on August 22, 2017:
Commander Patrick Dunn was killed while on duty at the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when American Flight 77 was hijacked by terrorists and flown into the building.
He left behind his wife of 23 months, Stephanie Dunn. They were expecting their first child at the time.
Commander Dunn was born in Fords, NJ. He came from a Navy family—his father served in both World War II and the Korean War—and he decided by 14 that he wanted to be Navy too. Commander Dunn and his brother John both attended the Naval Academy. Commander Dunn served on INCHON, MONTGOMERY, THEODORE ROOSEVELT and LA SALE. He had recently been assigned to a position on the Chief of Naval Operations staff at the Pentagon. His office was among those hit by Flight 77.
There was nothing more important to Patrick then his family and his country. His devotion to the Navy and the Naval Academy was a true example of his love for his country. Whether he was tailgating at a Navy football game or performing an inspection on USS LaSalle, where he served as Executive Officer, being a part of such elite programs made him so very proud. He was truly the best at what he did. Prior to his death, we found out we were expecting our first child in March 2002, although he never lived to meet our daughter, I know her birth would have been the proudest moment of his life. Stephanie DeSimone
Pat was someone you wanted to follow, because he led naturally and humbly, and with some of the finest humor sprinkled on. He was a warm and dedicated friend...the kind of swell guy you don't see for several years and then pick up right where you left off...truly missed. I think of him and Bob Dolan often. Aldo Apache, September 12, 2017