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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHJF

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - FAVOR

Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco. February 1 1944.
Launched March 11 1945 and commissioned June 28 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade July 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 16 1973.
To Brazil July 16 1973, renamed Alagoas.
Fate Stricken June 30 1995, and broken up for scrap in 1995.

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Buck 46kJames Buck was born at Baltimore, Md., in 1808 and enlisted in the Navy in 1852. He was awarded a Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the Civil War on board the steamer Brooklyn where, though severely wounded, he stood at the wheel for eight hours and steered the vessel during the engagement with Forts Jackson and St. Philip on the Mississippi River. He died in Baltimore 1 November 1865. Digital ID: det 4a14031, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Buck 94kArtist's conception of the Buck as she appeared following her FRAM overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Buck 98kUndated, location unknown.D. N. Dunham
Buck 146kUndated photo of USS Buck (DD 761) from the photo lab of the USS Piedmont (AD 17).Darryl Baker
Buck 136kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Buck 131kUndated, off Point Loma.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Buck 131kUndated, off Point Loma.Mike Green
Buck 251kUSS Buck (DD-761) under construction, at the Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipyard, San Francisco, California, on 6 January 1945. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-76776.Mike Green
Buck 208kPhoto dated February 1952 showing view of USS Buck (DD-761) of damage received in a collision with USS John W. Thomason (DD-760). Photo dated February 1952. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-653244.Mike Green
Buck 107kUnderway during operations off the Korean coast, which is faintly visible in the distance. Photo is dated 22 February 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Buck 636kUSS Buck (DD-761), USS Wisconsin (BB-64) and USS Saint Paul (CA-73). Steaming in close formation during operations off the Korean coast. Photo is dated 22 February 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Original: Joe Radigan
Replacement: Robert Hurst
Buck 126kAnother view.Joe Radigan
Buck 90kUSS Dixie (AD 14) at Sasebo, Japan with USS John A. Bole (DD 755); USS Buck (DD 761); USS John W. Thomason (DD 760); and USS Lofberg (DD 759) moored to port, circa 1953.Wayne Schafer
Buck 176kUSS Buck (DD-761) circa mid 1950’s.Bill Gonyo
Buck 73kUSS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) and USS Buck (DD-761) refueling from USS Mispillion (AO-105), from the USS Philippine Sea Cruise Book, 1955.Richard J. Havener
AT3, VF-143, 1955
Buck 48kCirca 1963, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Buck 70kSan Diego, February 5 1966.© Richard Leonhardt
Buck 110kUSS Buck (DD 761) at sea in the Pacific Ocean. 16 April 1969. Photo by PH1 D. L. Nichols. No: K-71173.Fabio Peña
Buck 330kPhoto from the USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) during an underway VertRep in the South China Sea in 1970.William P. Jones, M.D.
Buck 100kUSS Buck alongside the USS Chicago in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Oct 70 - Feb 71 deployment.Lt.(jg) William C. Pratt
Buck 149kAs above.Lt.(jg) William C. Pratt
Buck 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Buck 22kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Buck 313kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Buck 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
On Brazilian Service
Buck 118kUSS BUCK - as the CT "ALAGOAS" (D 36), in the Guanabara Bay, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil circa 1974. Published photo by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz BRAZIL Cotta FT3 (Ret. BRN)
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Homer Howard Nielsen    Jun 28 1946 - Sep 19 1946

CDR Frank Martin Christiansen    Sep 19 1946 - Feb 4 1947

CDR Robert Johnston Ovrom    Feb 4 1947 - Mar 19 1948

CDR Enrique D'Hamel Haskins    Mar 19 1948 - Jul 16 1949 (Later RADM)

CDR Ellsworth Nelson Smith    Jul 16 1949 - Sep 26 1951

CDR Robert Ernest Odening    Sep 26 1951 - Oct 23 1953

CDR Gerald Wells Rahill    Oct 23 1953 - Nov 14 1955

CDR Charles Nelson Grant Hendrix    Nov 14 1955 - Sep 9 1957

CDR Edward Muhlenfeld    Sep 9 1957 - Mar 6 1959

CDR Robert Simpson Lewellen    Mar 6 1959 - 1960

CDR William Birch Hayler    1960 - 1962

CDR Howard Frederick Wiley    1962 - Jul 11 1964

CDR Harold Lloyd Carpenter    Jul 11 1964 - May 12 1966

CDR Emil Steiger Roth    May 12 1966 - Jan 27 1968

CDR Paul Joseph Mode    Jan 27 1968 - Nov 10 1969

CDR Dale Wallace Duncan    Nov 10 1969 - Jul 27 1971

CDR Weston Loghry Stow    Jul 27 1971 - Aug 15 1972

CDR Harold Ernest Burgess Jr.    Aug 15 1972 - Jul 16 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Connolly
Address: 7 Tenerife Way, Hot Springs, AR 71909
Phone: (501)922-3969

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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