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CMOHS.org - Sergeant KOCAK, MATEJ, U.S. Marine Corps

Recipient Detail

 

KOCAK, MATEJ

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company: 66th Company
Division: 5th Regiment, 2d Division
Born: 31 December 1882, Gbely (Slovakia), Austria
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: New York, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 34
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To: New York
Place / Date: Near Soissons, France, 18 July 1918
 
 


KOCAK, MATEJ Photo
 
Citation

Also received the Army Medal of Honor. When the advance of his battalion was checked by a hidden machinegun nest, he went forward alone, unprotected by covering fire from his own men, and worked in between the German positions in the face of fire from enemy covering detachments. Locating the machinegun nest, he rushed it and with his bayonet drove off the crew. Shortly after this he organized 25 French colonial soldiers who had become separated from their company and led them in attacking another machinegun nest, which was also put out of action.