Thomas A. King

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thomas A. King was born in 1921, I have searched many places and could not find out anything about his family, education or much less anything about his early years.  He joined the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

As a young officer he served on supply ships in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  He saw service in New Guinea, the Solomon Island, Guadalcanal, Luzon, Manila and Corregidor.  He also saw action during the Korean War.  In 1951, he joined the United States Maritime Administration.  He rose through the ranks where he was commissioned a United States Maritime Service Rear Admiral.  He was named the Superintendent of the Academy in 1980, where he retired in 1987.  He died in 2012, he was 91.

What you may not know about Real Admiral King is that he was the first graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York in 1942. 

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Comments (21)

Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Broker Associate

Thanks for posting. Have a great friend of mine who was a Merchant Marine. 

Feb 12, 2021 04:19 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have heard of the Merchant Marines and really do not know that much about them, other than they are a hard-working force.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 12, 2021 04:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Very familiar with the Merchant Marine Academy, James. In college I dated a boy who graduated from it and attended his graduation dance and graduation ceremony. It was lovely... and those boys sure did look good in their dress whites!

Feb 12, 2021 04:49 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much at all about anything military so I always learn something new from your posts.

Feb 12, 2021 04:50 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Another who knew moment fo me! And they are coming more often these days. Enjoy your day.

Feb 12, 2021 04:52 AM
James Dray

That's the way I feel every day I read your posts Wayne Martin 

Feb 13, 2021 02:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - my knowledge of the Merchant Marines is not extensive and definitely not as fond as Nina Hollander but I do appreciate this story and his service.   

Feb 12, 2021 05:09 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I didn't even know there was a United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Feb 12, 2021 06:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Once again I will give a BIG Thank You for those who have dedicated their lives to protecting the United States of America James Dray .

Feb 12, 2021 07:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have a great day and a very special weekend.

Feb 12, 2021 07:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I don't know much about the Merchant Marines.  But rising the rank of Rear Admiral is quite impressive. 

Feb 12, 2021 07:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was aware (a bit) of the merchant marine, and what a great story of a man who became a rear admiral.  A

Feb 12, 2021 08:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - I know the Academy and it is an important part of the armed forces.

Feb 12, 2021 09:09 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, he went through some big battles. Another great American here for sure.

Feb 12, 2021 10:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we have friends whose son attended this academy!!! He was also an Eagle Scout!!!

Feb 12, 2021 11:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Like some others, I really did not know much about the Merchant Marines!

Feb 12, 2021 01:23 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had no idea that Thomas King was the first graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1942. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Feb 12, 2021 03:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  thanks for sharing the story of Thomas King.  Another great first!   I really do enjoy these history lessons you give us.

Feb 12, 2021 07:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James another fine choice for highlighting to the community, Endre

Feb 12, 2021 10:38 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

James, I thought for sure that this post was tied in to the prior Chief John King account somehow. We could not have won that war without our merchant marine. Another hero in his own right.

Feb 13, 2021 12:48 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love watching the movies about the Merchant Marine in WwII - how does one become the first graduate in a class of multiple students

Feb 13, 2021 04:41 AM
James Dray

Not a clue Lise Howe but he was

Feb 13, 2021 02:21 PM