James Francis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Francis was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1920.  After high school, he attended Oberlin College for two years.  He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy completing it in only three years he graduated in 1942.

Assigned to attend the Naval Submarine School in New London after graduation he was assigned to the USS Jack serving aboard for three years.  Sinking over 100,000 tons of enemy ships also damaging another 18,000 tons.  He was awarded the silver Star and two Bronze Star Medals.  He was assigned to serve as executive officer of the USS Haddo.  If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m writing about James Frances Calvert

After the war, he was assigned as an instructor at the Submarine School.  in 1952, he went back to sea later being assigned to the USS Trigger as its commanding officer.  Later he served at the 46th superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. He rose through the ranks retiring as a vice admiral in 1973.  He died in 2009 at 88.   In 1959, he was commanding officer aboard the USS Skate.  That submarine was the third nuclear submarine, the second one to reach the North Pole but the first one to surface at the pole, thus ensuring him a place in the history books. 

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  A man who served our country admirably and should be remembered.

May 01, 2017 04:40 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do remember the picture of the sub coming up in the newspapers. It did make headlines.

May 01, 2017 04:47 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history to remember....

May 01, 2017 04:50 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

That would have been an interesting surface to have seen.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 01, 2017 04:54 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... and another piece of history I had no idea about. 

May 01, 2017 04:59 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a good read and fascinating guy. Enjoy the day.

May 01, 2017 05:03 AM #6
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

...and a place in your blog. Thanks for sharing, James.

May 01, 2017 05:11 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Thank you for honoring another individual who earned his rightful place in history.

May 01, 2017 05:46 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. You are killing me with these posts. No clue! Enjoy your day!

May 01, 2017 05:49 AM #9
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The rest of the story on that polar surfacing mission (as I understood it) was to scatter the ashes of the famed polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. who died in November of 1958.   Thanks for the history lesson, James.

May 01, 2017 09:12 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I am very claustrophobic so you would never find me on a submarine!!!  But I do appreciate the information.

May 01, 2017 09:47 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I bet Active Rain member Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, knows about him.  He served aboard submarines.  I am with Kathy Streib I would get claustrophobic.  A

May 01, 2017 09:55 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As you know by now I love history but I really love submarine history. Thank you James Dray 

May 01, 2017 10:03 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You just learn to become more focused on the job at hand and not worry about the circumstances you may face Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

I also seem to be able to have fun under any circumstances!

May 01, 2017 10:36 AM #14
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Many great accomplishments in his life!  I wonder if anyone will ever write about my accomplishments, haha.

May 01, 2017 11:21 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

WOW, very interesting guy - what a life he lead, James! Like others have mentioned, there is NO way I could work on a submarine - Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, - you are my hero for being able to do that!!  ;-)

May 01, 2017 05:04 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Great Story! Reading about James Francis reminded me of reading a book all the way through without stopping about the USS Nautilus going under the North Pole. I was in 4th grade and I got it at a book fair. Thanks for the memory. 

May 01, 2017 05:20 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Love the history lessons and I am with many people Submarines are not my bag, give me an Infantry fighting vehicle any day:)) oh that is right that is the reason I was an Airborne Ranger Infantry guy and not a squid:))Endre

May 01, 2017 11:46 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

May 02, 2017 03:41 AM #19
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I grew up in Cleveland and am sorry to say the name didn't ring a bell. Maybe he is mentioned at the submarine memorial down on the lakefront. Next time I visit I might have to go check it out again.

May 02, 2017 07:06 AM #20
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