U. S. Naval Academy

Class of 1979

35th Reunion
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40th Anniversary Legacy Project

Background. The USNA Foundation asks each class to conduct a Legacy Gift Campaign that culminates at each 10-year Reunion. For our 30th Reunion, you may remember, we supported Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, and the Annual Fund. Our Athletic Excellence supported the Renovations to NMCMS and are noted though the Class of 1979 Arch. As mentioned we were asked to use our Academic Excellence Funds beginning this year to support the Trident Scholarship Program.

In looking at options for our support of a 40-Year Legacy Gift, Class Leadership reviewed the Superintendentís 2020 Strategic Plan and Foundation recommendations.

For the Class of 1979 40-Year Legacy Gift, we have a goal of $500,000 that we decided to be assigned as follows:

  • 25% or $125,000 to the Annual Fund. (As required by the Foundation)
  • 37.5% or $187,500 to the Athletic Excellence Fund to support NMCM Stadium Phase IV Improvements. Phase IV is a $5M effort to expand capacity to 40K, provide new Club Seating and a Media Center, and renovate the football and lacrosse locker rooms.
  • 37.5% or $187,500 to the Academic Excellence Fund to fund the Trident Scholar Program at approx. $15,500/year through 2029 (Our 50th Year) with any excess funds unrestricted in that account.

We currently have funds in our Academic Excellence account to support the Trident Scholar Program per our current arrangement with the Foundation for six years. That money, plus the new $187.5K, will fund the TSP through our 50th year. After 2029 we can relinquish to another Class or individual. We also understand that the current $15,500/year may require inflation increases over the next 15 years, and it is hoped that will be covered in any excess funds we have in that account.

DeConto Memorial Stadium Fundraiser

This link goes to the video of the DeConto Stadium Dedication held Friday, 10/23/2015, in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG93LW7dvZ0.  You will need abou 55 minutes to see the whole thing - but it is worth it.

Here are some more links to the DeConto Stadium Dedication in Sandwich, MA: 

The "Captain Gerald F. DeConto USN Veterans Memorial Stadium " opened on Thanksgiving of 2011. The Foundation is raising funds to add Grandstands, Press Box, Field Lights, Field Turf and the Memorial Plaza that will include granite memorial benches, flags, brick walkway etc.  You can click on the You Tube video below for a quick look at the grounds.

SSCC DeConto USN Veterans Memorial page 

For those of you on Facebook, please check out this site and "Like" it.  SSCC DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium page.

Please see the link that will give you background on Captain Gerald F. DeConto, who died during the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.  USN Captain DeConto grew up in Sandwich, and played soccer at Sandwich High School and his family donated $250,000 to our non-profit -Sandwich Sports Complex Committee (formed to raise funds to build Stadium) 

Click for DeConto Bio

Please use the following mailing address for USNA class of 1979 donations via check:  Classmates can put "FISH79" on the check, to help me track donations accordingly.  FISH79 was Captain Gerald DeConto's license plate number.

Sandwich Sports Complex Committee
DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium
PO Box 360
Forestdale, MA 02644

As an alternative, if class members wish to donate thru our website using Pay-Pal via a credit card:

Click to donate on SSCC website

We will cross check incoming donations against your mailing list so we can tally up the total contributions.

On behalf of the Sandwich Sports Complex Committee, thanks a million for your support!

Tim Paul
Sandwich Sports Complex Committee Treasurer

Memorial 5k Run

Every year in Sandwich, Mass., the community does a memorial 5K run in honor of our classmate, Gerry Deconto. As most of you know, Gerry was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11. Perhaps you didn't know that Gerry was a member of the Sandwich High School Soccer team that won the state championship in 1975. Funds raised for the run are used to endow a scholarship at Sandwich High. A few of our classmates have completed the run every year wherever they are on the day of the run (this year on 9/20). Even if you are not a runner, this is a worthy cause to contribute to in honor of one of our own. The site is located at http://geralddeconto5k.com . If you do sign up, please let them know that you are a 79'er. Gerry's family is very proud of his classmates and they appreciate hearing from them.

Pat McGrath


The Class of '79 is the proud sponsor of DDG 79 USS OSCAR AUSTIN. The ship is named for PFC Oscar Austin, USMC, a Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. The OSCAR AUSTIN is the first Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Class Aegis destroyer, which means it's the first of the Arleigh Burkes that can embark SH-60 LAMPS helicopters. So the last of its kind (Omnes Viri) shares the same number as the first of its kind (helo-capable Burke).

Here are some interesting links about DDG 79. Have fun browsing!


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