Rudolph M DeCanio
Decanio was the son of Morris and Theresa, both immigrants from Italy. The family was resident in Teaneck as early as 1910. He had two brothers and a sister. They all lived at 1532 Teaneck Road.
Decanio was a graduate of THS, class of 1942. Known as “Midge”, Decanio was a star athlete. He played baseball, soccer and basketball. In the latter, he was named All County. Decanio was named wittiest male by his senior classmates.
Soon after graduation, Decanio enlisted in the Marines. He served in the 3rd Marine Division and achieved the rank of Corporal. He saw action in many of the major island battles of the Pacific theatre: Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, Tarawa, and finally, at Iwo Jima. It was on the latter that he lost his life on February 24, 1945 when he was killed by rifle fire.
Decanio’s remains were returned to the states and he was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in southern New Jersey. To further understand his loss, follow the link below to the Memorial Day speech by Frank Hall.
High School Yearbook
- 1940 Yearbook, Page 106
- 1942 Yearbook, Page 27
- 1942 Yearbook, Page 92
- 1942 Yearbook, Page 93
- 1942 Yearbook, Page 125
Te-Hi News (Teaneck High School Newspaper)
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 for Rudolph M. DeCanio
- U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. Website
- Speech on Memorial Day to the Borough of Saddle River, NJ, 2005 - Frank Hall (Teaneck Mayor 1978-1982)
Find A Grave Website