USS Buck (DD-761)

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USS Buck (DD-761)
Career (United States)
Namesake: James Buck
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco
Laid down: 1 February 1944
Launched: 11 March 1945
Commissioned: 28 June 1946
Struck: 15 July 1973
Fate: To Brazil 16 July 1973
Career (Brazil)
Name: Alagoas
Acquired: 16 July 1973
Struck: 30 June 1995
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Allen M. Sumner class destroyer
Displacement: 2,200 tons
Length: 376 ft 6 in (114.8 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Draft: 15 ft 8 in (4.8 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW);
2 propellers
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h)
Range: 6500 nmi. (12,000 km) @ 15 kt
Complement: 336
Armament: 6 × 5 in./38 guns (12 cm),
12 × 40mm AA guns,
11 × 20mm AA guns,
10 × 21 in. torpedo tubes,
6 × depth charge projectors,
2 × depth charge tracks

The third USS Buck (DD-761), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for James Buck, a Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient.

The second Buck (DD-761) was launched 11 March 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, California, sponsored by Miss Mary Nimitz, daughter of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz; and commissioned 28 June 1946, Commander H. H. Nielsen in command.

Initial operations[edit]

After completion of shakedown in September 1946, Buck operated with the Pacific Fleet along the west coast from Acapulco, Mexico, to Ketchikan, Alaska. Between December 1948 and the summer of 1949 Buck made a cruise to the Far East. Upon her return to San Diego she participated in reserve cruises along the west coast and in Operation Miki off the Hawaiian Islands. Buck departed the United States on 11 January 1950 for her second Western Pacific tour and returned to California 25 April 1950. Shortly thereafter, she entered San Francisco Naval Shipyard for overhaul.

Korea[edit]

Buck, Wisconsin and Saint Paul steam in close formation during operations off the Korean coast, 1952

Late in 1950, as a unit of Destroyer Division 71, Buck joined the United Nations Forces in Korea. While there she suffered considerable damage in a collision with John W. Thomason (DD-760). Buck was ordered back to the west coast after temporary repairs at Sasebo, Japan. Between January and March 1951 she underwent repairs at Bremerton, Washington, and then returned to Korean waters arriving 30 April 1951. She operated with United Nations Forces until July when she returned to the west coast. In January 1952 Buck, with Destroyer Division 71, departed for another tour in the Western Pacific. She operated with the shore bombardment forces and with the fast carrier task force until returning to San Diego 11 July 1952. On her sixth Far Eastern tour, between 21 February and 22 September 1953, she operated with TF's 72, 77, 95, 96, and 97 off Korea until the Armistice was declared.

Buck continued operations along the western seaboard and completed at least three more Far Eastern cruises.

Buck received six battle stars for her Korean service.

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