Captain Adolph S. Oko Jr. (deceased)

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Captain Adolph S. Oko Jr. was a master mariner who experienced numerous, storied, improbable nautical adventures and exploits of his own. Beginning in 1942, he gained much experience when he joined the US Merchant Marine. Oko eventually served on six ships while on nine voyages and ended his career as a chief mate. In 1948, Oko captained the S.S. Kefalos, one of the first ships to smuggle arms to Israel during the War of Independence. Subsequently, Kefalos became a critically important vessel that rescued slightly over 7,700 Jewish refugees from the Balkans and transported them to Israel in two voyages the same year. She safely deposited her last group, 3800 in all, at Haifa on December 25, 1948.

Oko was a long-time resident of the Point Reyes area where he conducted a real estate business. Oko was one of the founding members of the Drake Navigators Guild and active in the Inverness Yacht Club. He was also responsible for securing Guild membership and involvement of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Oko notably authored an article about the determination of Point Reyes as Drake’s 1579 landing in the June 1964 issue of California Historical Society Quarterly.

He served as the second president of the Guild and died in 1968 at age 58.