|Died||November 1, 1865 (aged 56–57)
|Place of burial||Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Navy
|Years of service||1852 - 1865|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
The United States Navy named three ships after him — USS Buck. The first ship to be name after Buck, USS Buck (SP-1355) was a motorboat built in 1911. The second ship to be named after Buck was USS Buck (DD-420), a Sims-class destroyer, that served from 1939 until she was sunk during the invasion of Italy in 1943. The third and final ship to take its name from James Buck was USS Buck (DD-761), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, which served from 1946 until 1973.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1808, Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 11, April 3, 1863.
Served on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn in the attack upon Forts Jackson and St. Philip and at the taking of New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. Although severely wounded by a heavy splinter, Buck continued to perform his duty until positively ordered below. Later stealing back to his post, he steered the ship for 8 hours despite his critical condition. His bravery was typical of the type which resulted in the taking of the Forts Jackson and St. Philip and in the capture of New Orleans.
- "James Buck". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
- "James Buck, Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War (A-L). U.S Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
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