GERALD W. DUNNE (1941 - 2015)

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Celebration of Life
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Mark's Catholic Church
9970 Vale Rd.
Vienna, VA
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Funeral Mass
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
11:30 AM
St. Mark Catholic Church
9970 Vale Rd.
Vienna, VA
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Captain GERALD W. DUNNE U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Husband of Susan Costello Dunne, died at home on November 1, 2015. He was born in Chicago, Illinois July 17, 1941, son of Robert and Adeline Dunne both also of Chicago. Jerry attended Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1964, his initial tours involved Vietnam operations aboard the USS Topeka, USS Collett, and USS Frank E. Evans. In 1969 Dunne was aboard the USS Evans when it collided with HMAS Melbourne, an Australian air craft carrier, in the South China Sea. He lost 74 shipmates from the sunken bow section of the ship, and as the senior surviving officer, at age 27, Dunne assumed command. He later wrote that he "learned first hand of the courage and resourcefulness of our officers and sailors as we struggled to tend to our injured and save the after half of the ship." For his "skill and devotion to duty" in helping to save the lives of his shipmates, Dunne was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. In 1971 Dunne went back to sea for a staff tour, followed by a tour as the XO of USS Barbey. In 1979, he reported to USS Davis as its commanding officer. Shore tours included Navy Post Grad School (MS Ops Research,) National War College, and staff tours in the Pentagon. Capt. Dunne served as the Executive Assistant to the Under SECNAV and Executive Secretary of the Defense Policy Board. Capt. Dunne's last command was CO of Naval Station Long Beach, watching over 47 ships and 17,000 sailors. Dunne retired as a Captain in 1992 with a Defense Superior Service and two Legion of Merit medals. After retirement from the Navy, Dunne joined the Logistics Management Institute as a consultant and led numerous projects for the Navy, the office of the SECDEF, and the Homeland Defense Department. He received his MBA in 1995. Jerry was a member of the Navy League, the Frank E. Evans Association, and Army Navy Country Club. Jerry is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years Susan Dunne; six brothers and sisters, his beloved daughters, Julie Dunne of Washington, DC, Jennifer Coleman (Craig Coleman) of Leesburg, VA, Janine Dunne Pingle (Andrew Pingle) of Washington, DC, Colleen Lamond (Walker Lamond) of Doha, Qatar, and six grandchildren. A funeral mass for Gerald William Dunne will be held at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna, VA on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Burial services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 4, 2015
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