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Rear Admiral  Thomas John Porter

Rear Admiral Thomas John Porter
  • January 20, 1944 - August 25, 2018
  • Folly Beach, South Carolina

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“Carol and family,With Sincere and deepest sympathy. Tom was a very inspirational and important man, to his country, family and anyone who had to...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Taylor - Charleston, SC

“I was lucky enough to have Tom as my #2 at NNSY and then a running mate for much of my flag service. Two years ago Chris and I enjoyed a 3 1/2 hour...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: James Taylor - Bainbridge Island, WA

“Dear Carol, Scott and family, Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Tom felt the world of you two and I am sure the feeling is...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: George Sterner - Venice, VA

“To the family of Rear Admiral Tom Porter, I was deeply saddened to learn of Admiral Porter's passing which I only recently saw in the...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ralph Staples - Escondido, CA

“Tom, thank you for being such a good friend and Mentor ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Gary Dent - McGregor, TX - Friend

2017 STONEWALL JACKSON reunion.  Left to right: Shipmates Chuck Woods, Tom, Jay Hoffer, Rich Burman “Carol and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great shipmate, great friend, and my mentor aboard the STONEWALL JACKSON. Not only did he...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Jay Hoffer - Newport News, VA

“Carol, Scott and family, I am so sorry and sad to hear about Tom's passing. Tom touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways, and always made a...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Walt Kozak - Holden Beach, NC

“My condolences to Tom's family and friends. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Mason - Coworker

“Carol and Family, We lost one of our best. Seemed like Tom was everyone's Best Friend and the world will feel smaller without him. Tom will be in...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Marshall and Betty Clegg - CA

“I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I enjoyed seeing him at Mary Morrison s memorial at Ghost Ranch. I'm sure my brother Jim and Mary were there...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Ann Johnston - Arlington, TX

“Carol and family, Tom was a great guy and a great classmate. My condolences. We shall keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Christopher Jameson - Dallas

“Carol & Family - Please accept our sincere condolences. Tom was a great friend and classmate. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Guy & Susie Mendenhall - ME

“Scott, Carol, and family: It was the greatest sadness that I learned last week of Tom's untimely passing. It was such a pleasure to work with him...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Eckstein - Bluffton, SC

“Tom was a terrific person, when I first was promoted to Shop Superintendent at Mare Island Naval Shipyard he took me under his wing and mentored me....Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Ron Ruggiero - Napa, CA - Friend

“Dear Carol, Scott and family.This was a shock to me. He was so young. May the ETERNAL SPIRIT bless and keep you. Love to all, Clyde (Waddy) Rogers ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Clyde (Waddy) Rogers - Ridgeville, SC

“I had the honor and privilege of knowing Tom for the past 9 years, meeting him through his long time friend Michael Pung. Tom was a huge supporter of...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Michele Green - Family Friend

“Tom was a great guy...he will be missedGreatly! ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Holley - Friend

Rear Admiral Thomas John Porter, USN (Ret.), 74, husband of Carol McLendon Porter entered into eternal rest on Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Charleston, SC after a heart attack followed by complications.

Tom was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on January 20th, 1944, son of John Russell Porter and Dorothy Vaughn Porter. Tom attended high school in Alma, Michigan, entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962, and graduated near the top of his class in 1966. On March 20th, 1971, Tom married Carol McLendon of Charleston, SC at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Their son, Scott, was born September 9th, 1980.

Upon graduation, Tom attended Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, then Naval Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, Maryland and Prototype training in Schenectady, New York. His first sea tour was aboard USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN-608) in 1968 serving as Electrical Division/Reactor Control Officer until 1970. After qualifying in submarines and completing engineering officer qualification, he reported to Submarine School as an Instructor in the Engineering Department and then reported to fleet ballistic missile submarine USS STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN-634 Gold) in December 1972 as Navigator/Operations Officer until February 1976. He then assumed duty as Assistant to the Quality Assurance Officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair at Groton until being selected as an Engineering Duty Officer and reporting to Pennsylvania State University in June 1976. He earned a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering with a minor in Industrial Engineering, graduating in 1977.

For his next tour, Tom reported to Mare Island, CA Naval Shipyard where he served as a Nuclear Ship Superintendent for USS HADDOCK (SSN-621) and USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575), Project Officer for Submarine NR-1, Senior Ship Superintendent for the refueling overhaul of USS POGY (SSN-647), and Assistant Repair Officer. He then reported to ... READ MORE →