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Built as commercial container ship JOHN D. WATERMAN in 1981, the ship was purchased by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in December 1982 and later entered the NASSCO shipyard for conversion to a maritime prepositioning ship. The conversion was finished in October 1984 and the ship entered service as SS SGT. MATEJ KOCAK becoming the first ship in the Navy named after US Marine Corps Sgt. Matej Kocak.
The SGT. MATEJ KOCAK is operated by the Waterman Steamship Co.
|General Characteristics:||Delivered: March 1981|
|Builder: Pennsylvania SB Company, Chester, Pa.|
|Purchased by MARAD: December 1982|
|Conversion yard: National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA|
|Conversion started: August 1983|
|Delivered: October 1984|
|Propulsion system: Steam turbines, 2 boilers|
|Length: 821.5 feet (250.4 meters)|
|Beam: 105.6 feet (32.2 meters)|
|Draft: 33.1 feet (10.1 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 48,750 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform only|
|Crew: 34 civilians, 10 technicians|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS SGT. MATEJ KOCAK. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
SS SGT. MATEJ KOCAK is named in honor of US Marine Corps Sgt. Matej Kocak who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Viller-Cottertes section, south of Soissons, France, 18 July 1918.
For extraordinary heroism while serving with the Sixty-sixth Company, Fifth Regiment, Second Division, in action in the Viller-Cottertes section, south of Soissons, France, 18 July 1918. When a hidden machine gun nest halted the advance of his battalion, Sergeant Kocak went forward alone unprotected by covering fire and worked his way in between the German positions in the face of heavy enemy fire. Rushing the enemy position with his bayonet, he drove off the crew. Later the same day, Sergeant Kocak organized French colonial soldiers who had become separated from their company and led them in attacking another machine-gun nest, which was also put out of action.
SS SGT. MATEJ KOCAK Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the SGT. MATEJ KOCAK at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on November 9, 2008.