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USS Buck (DD-761)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Buck (DD-761)

USS Buck (DD-761) was launched 11 March 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., San Francisco, Calif., sponsored by Miss Mary Nimitz, daughter of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz; and commissioned 28 June 1946, Commander H. H. Nielsen in command.

After completion of shakedown in September 1946, USS Buck (DD-761) operated with the Pacific Fleet along the west coast from Acapulco, Mexico, to Ketchikan, Alaska. Between December 1948 and the summer of 1949 USS Buck (DD-761) 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. 

Late in 1950, as a unit of Destroyer Division 71, USS Buck (DD-761) joined the United Nations Forces in Korea. While there she suffered considerable damage in a collision with John W. Thomason (DD-760). USS Buck (DD-761)was ordered back to the west coast after temporary repairs at Sasebo, Japan. Between January and March 1951 she underwent repairs at Bremerton, Wash., and then returned to Korean waters arriving 30 April 1951. The destroyer remained with the Pacific Fleet for the next two decades, conducting periodic deployments to the Far East. During these cruises, USS Buck (DD-761) escorted aircraft carriers, conducted anti-submarine warfare exercises and carried out security patrols off China and the Formosa Strait.

USS Buck (DD-761) decommissioned at San Diego on 16 July 1973 and transferred to the government of Brazil that same day.

For a complete history of USS Buck (DD-761) please see its DANFS page.