|Mervin Paul King|
LAPD Captain Mervin King c.1989
|Los Angeles Police Department|
|Died March 18, 2008(aged 93)|
|Place of birth||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Place of death||South Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Years of service||1946–1976|
|Rank||Sworn in as an Officer - February 25, 1946
- Sergeant - June 6, 1952
- Lieutenant - December 21, 1961
- Captain - July 12, 1970
|Awards||Numerous commendations for performance|
|Relations||Married, 3 children|
|Died||March 18, 2008
South Pasadena, California
|Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA|
|Known for||S.L.A. shootout|
King was born August 1, 1914 in San Francisco, CA as the only child to the late George and Geneva King. He honorably served in combat operations in the Pacific Theater of World War II on both the USS Hutchins, a Fletcher class destroyer and the USS Markab, a destroyer tender.
Appointed in 1946 as a Policeman for the LAPD (Serial Number 3224), and appointed Captain in 1970, he completed 30 years of service before retiring in 1976. During is career with LAPD, King served at Accident Investigation Division, Newton Street Division, Central Traffic Division, 77th Division, and North Hollywood Division prior to retiring from Detective Support Division in 1976.
Throughout his service the Los Angeles Police Department he received more than 50 Commendations from both Department and outside agencies for his dedication to duty and recognition from outside law enforcement agencies. He never once received a personnel complaint. His recognition included that of the Los Angeles City Council for supervising the investigation of the Alphabet Bomber and an improvised explosive device detonated at Los Angeles International Airport. Commanding police efforts in the 1974 S.L.A. shootout led him to be commended by the City Council again for his supervision of the Symbionese Liberation Army investigation, one which "broke the back and thrust of the SLA".
King spent the greater part of his life as a resident of Alhambra, CA, dedicated to his wife Pauline of nearly 68 years, and their family including children Terence Michael King, Thomas Patrick King, and Kathryn Mary (Brandlin). He died on March 18, 2008 in South Pasadena, CA. An admirable leader in law enforcement, he is remembered most for his genuine soul characterized by selfless compassion, commitment, and charming wit.
- Appointed Policeman February 25, 1946
- Appointed Sergeant June 6, 1952
- Appointed Lieutenant December 21, 1961
- Appointed Captain July 12, 1970
- Retired December 26, 1976
- LA Times Obituary for Mervin Paul King
- Los Angeles City Council Commendation for Captain Mervin P. King 1974