Special Agent Douglas Brian Kocina was born February 21, 1951, in Plainview, Nebraska. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1971 and became a commissioned officer in 1973 after graduating from Southern Oregon State College with a bachelor’s in Criminology. In 1976, he began a distinguished nine-year career with the Medford (Oregon)
In September 1986, Doug joined the Naval Security and Investigative Command as a Special Agent. His first assignment was to the Resident Agency in Bremerton, Washington, where he successfully completed a six-month undercover narcotics operation with fellow Special Agent Jerry Kramer. In July 1987, Doug transferred to the Counterintelligence Squad at Subic Bay, in the Philippines. Doug and Special Agent Kramer were killed in an automobile accident on March 17, 1988, on the way back from interviewing an
Doug is remembered for his optimism, sense of humor, and caring nature. He was a Little League coach and a leader in 4-H and Boy Scouts.
Special Agent Kocina’s name is engraved on panel 5-W, line 4, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.