Joca, Stephen Paul, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1976, 131X, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
Service Years
1970 - 1997
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Home Town
Gainesville, FL
Last Address
Orange Park, FL

Date of Passing
Jun 01, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, South Atlantic Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
HAL-3 Seawolf Association
  2001, HAL-3 Seawolf Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity

JOCA Stephen - Paul Joca, age 60, of Orange Park, Florida, died Friday, June 1, 2007, of leukemia. Born March 4, 1947, in Gainesville, Florida to John and Mary Joca, Steve grew up in Jacksonville Beach and attended local public schools, graduating from Fletcher High School in 1965. He earned a B.S. in Journalism in 1970 and a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1979, both from the University of Florida. He was a Professional Engineer and a partner in the Civil Engineering firm of Stone, Joca and Mahoney. He was a Naval pilot and retired in 1997 after serving his country for 27 years, obtaining the rank of Captain. Captain Joca's career included a tour in Vietnam and serving as Commanding Officer of Naval Aviation Depot 0474 at NAS Jax. Steve was predeceased by his father, John G. Joca, Sr.
Steve was deeply committed to community service, volunteering with Quigley House, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Clay County Public Schools, Clothes Closet, American Red Cross Lifeguard Corps, and many other organizations. He was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Orange Park, Florida. Services will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at the church, located at 16 College Drive, Orange Park. Donations are encouraged to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for cancer research.

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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Beach ceremony honors lifeguard's memory

Lifeguards, friends and family gathered for a solemn ceremony Sunday morning honoring the memory of Stephen Paul Joca, a former member of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps.
The ceremony began on the shoreline at the corps' station at the foot of Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. Several lifeguards and a coxswain rowed Joca's ashes out to sea in a small dory boat and scattered the remains into the ocean.
Joca, 60, died June 1 from leukemia. He had a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of captain, and had also been a Jacksonville Beach lifeguard.
Joca had long-standing connections to the Beaches and was a 1965 graduate of Fletcher High School.

   
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Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (71)
From Month/Year
July / 1971
To Month/Year
December / 1971

Description
This Campaign period was from 1 July to 30 November 1971. Confident of the coastal patrol's effectiveness, Commander Coastal Surveillance Force began early the Vietnamization of the Market Time effort. The ACTOV program of the Navy and the SCATTOR (Small Craft Assets, Training, and Turnover of Resources) plan of the Coast Guard entailed the phased transition of the Vietnamese Navy into complete control of the inshore barrier, then the high seas surface patrol, and finally a coastal radar network intended to replace the American air surveillance effort. Throughout 1971, the American naval command transferred seagoing ships, harbor control and mine craft, and logistic support craft of many types, including Coast Guard cutters Yakutat (WHEC 380), Bering Strait (WHEC 382), Castle Rock (WHEC 383), and Cook Inlet (WHEC 384), each equipped with 5-inch guns; radar escort picket Camp (DER 251); Garrett County, reconfigured as a small craft tender; and refrigerated storage craft YFR 889.

Despite the natural complications of a turnover process, the combined coastal patrol continued to perform successfully in 1971. Of the 11 Communist ships detected attempting infiltration during the year, only one delivered its cargo to the Viet Cong in An Xuyen Province, the usual destination of the trawlers. Another nine ships fled after being sighted by the allied patrol. The remaining vessel was tracked and sunk in coastal waters on 8 April through the coordinated effort of Coast Guard cutters Morgenthau (WHEC 722) and Rush (WHEC 723), the U.S. Navy's gunboat Antelope (PG 86) and air patrol units, and the Vietnamese Navy's motor gunboat Kien Vang (PGM 603).

An efficient logistic establishment was as important as a ready combat force to the future performance of the Vietnamese Navy. Soon after the turnover of combatant craft got underway, the U.S. Navy prepared its support establishment for eventual transfer to the allied naval service. Under ACTOVLOG (Accelerated Turnover to the Vietnamese, Logistics), Admiral Zumwalt oversaw not only the turnover of U.S. installations, but also the expansion of the Vietnamese base, transportation, maintenance and repair, supply, and personnel housing infrastructures to accommodate the planned doubling in size of the navy. The Americans modernized existing facilities and constructed new bases, coastal radar sites, and housing for Vietnamese sailors and their families.

 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
July / 1971
To Month/Year
December / 1971
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  207 Also There at This Battle:
  • Aguilera, Leo, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Allen, Michael, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Baldridge, Charles Doug, PO1, (1970-1992)
  • Baumhardt, Stephen, PO2, (1969-1973)
  • Berryhill, Kennith, PO1, (1969-1978)
  • Bowerman, Donald, PO3, (1969-1978)
  • Brewster, Timothy, PO2, (1969-1975)
  • Call, Michael, PO2, (1970-1974)
  • Carmean, James, PO2, (1970-1978)
  • Casey, Lewis, PO3, (1970-1974)
  • Dassler, Frederick William, LCDR, (1950-1974)
  • Epley, Clint, CDR, (1968-1995)
  • Fox, Tim, MCPO, (1965-1998)
  • Franclemont, David, PO3, (1967-1978)
  • Huston, Patrick, PO1, (1960-1981)
  • Jacobs, Howard W., PO2, (1969-1973)
  • Kendall, Charles, SN, (1970-1973)
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