Herbert G. (Paddy) King, 73, a retired official of the Central Intelligence Agency and a war correspondent during World War II, died of liver and kidney failure Saturday at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. King, who lived in Arlington, was born in London, England. He began his career in journalism in 1935 as a special correspondent for the old United Press, now United Press International, in Paris. He covered the German invasion of France in 1940, and after the French surrender, continued to report from Vichy in unoccupied France. From November 1942 until March of 1944, he was interned by the Germans in Lourdes, France and later in Baden-Baden, Germany.

After being repatriated to the united States in 1944, Mr. King was assigned to the United Press foreign cable desk in New York and toured the country as a lecturer for the war bond drive.

At the end of 1944, he returned to Europe with UP and was assigned to Gen. Mark Clark's 5th Army in Italy. He was a "pool" reporter for the U.S. press at the surrender of the German armies in Italy in May of 1945.

After the war, Mr. King worked for UP in Paris and Belgium and was chief editor for the United Features Syndicate for Europe, the Near East and South Africa in 1947.

Mr. King returned to this country in 1948 as a news analyst and editorial writer with the Los Angeles Mirror. In 1951, he moved to the Washington area and became chief diplomatic correspondent with the U.S. Information Agency. He joined the CIA in 1952 and was its chief reports training officer at the time of his retirement in 1970.

His first wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1946, died in 1965.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Priest King, of Arlington; a daughter, Vivan Campbell Braunohler of Washington, and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the Washington Cathedral.