CDR Thomas J. Gorman
1929 - 2018
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CDR Thomas J. Gorman, USN (Ret)

Lincroft - CDR Thomas J. Gorman, 88, of Lincroft, entered into eternal life on April 4, 2018. He was born in New York City in 1929 and graduated from Cardinal Hays High School, Bronx, NY and Providence College in Rhode Island where he earned a degree in Economics. Upon graduation he became a commissioned officer in the US Navy. He served on the USS Arneb during the Korean War. He subsequently served at sea on the USS Catoctin, in the commissioning crew of the USS Saratoga, aboard the USS Elokomin and on the USS Remey. The majority of his sea service was with the US Second and Sixth Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea.

CDR Gorman's service ashore was mostly on staff assignments for the Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier in New York City. His assignments included temporary duty to the Columbian Minister of Defense for sea control purposes. He also served as a briefing officer for the US ambassador to the United Nations. His other assignments included naval control of merchant shipping involving NATO missions and serving as a liaison officer with, at various times, the commander-in-chief, US Atlantic Fleet, Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic, US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration. While on the staff of the Commandant, Third Naval District, he was assigned to the repatriation team for US prisoners of war from North Vietnam, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his work in this mission. CDR Gorman also completed two tours in the field of training and education as commanding officer of two US Naval Reserve training centers.

After CDR Gorman retired from active duty, he became a founder and first headmaster of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) at Sandy Hook, NJ. Also during this time, he was involved with the establishment of the USS New Jersey as a museum and educational facility as vice-chairman of the USS New Jersey Battleship Commission.

CDR Gorman was also involved in numerous professional organizations and was a parishioner of St. Leo the Great Church in Lincroft for over 50 years. As a result of his naval service, he developed a love for traveling and the sea having crossed the Atlantic with his wife 16 times on the Queen Elizabeth II. Tom was also very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a master story teller who was blessed with the Irish "Gift of the Gab."

CDR Gorman was preceded by his parents, Edward and Susan Gorman, his brother Edward Gorman, Jr. and his wife Marie O'Malley Gorman. He is survived by his two children Thomas J. Gorman, Jr. of Bushkill, PA, Kathleen Gorman DeCamp, of Bel Air, MD and his grandchildren Timothy, Christopher and Michael De Camp. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm on Thursday, April 12th at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave, Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Leo the Great Church in Lincroft on Friday, April 13 at 10:15 am with burial to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. Letters on condolence can be emailed via the funeral home's website at

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 8, 2018.
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September 11, 2018
I worked with CDR Gorman at 90 Church St. in NYC from 1966 to 1969 and was saddened to hear of his death. My condolences to his family.
Gloria Ryniak
June 7, 2018
Tom, it was a great pleasure serving with you at the Third Naval District in New York City. I am sure that God has a good place for you and that you are resting in peace.

Ed Musante
edward musante
May 3, 2018
Semper Fortis RIP
Edward Spear
April 12, 2018
Thank you very much for your service, Tom, and may you rest in peace with God. It was an honor to know you and to have worked with you.

Joseph Poutre

Trustee, Battleship New Jersey Historical Museum Society
Joseph Poutre
April 9, 2018
21 Gun Salute For Commander Gorman
You were truly one of the Navy's last great officers. A sea-going sailor who loved the service as much as life had to offer. Someone who saw the Navy as a way of life, not just a job. For the 24 years I have known you, your passion and love for your country and service was of the highest honor and distinction.

God Speed & God Bless My Dear Friend!

Most Respectfully, Christopher von Zwehl

Past Commissioner, USS New Jersey Battleship Commission
Past President, Battleship New jersey Foundation
Christopher von Zwehl
April 7, 2018
Rest In Peace Sir ❤
Michelle Brugnoli
April 7, 2018
Patricia Locher
April 7, 2018
RIP sir class of 88
Michael Shine
April 7, 2018
Fair Winds and Following Seas Sir.
God Speed
Amy Doran Eberhardt
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