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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid February 1 1944 - Launched March 11 1945

  1. USS BUCK DD-761
  2. Commissioned June 28 1946 - Decommissioned July 16 1973

    Struck from Naval Register July 16 1973

  3. ALAGOAS D-35 (Brazilian Naval Service)
  4. Transferred to Brazil July 16 1973 and renamed

    Stricken June 30 1995 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1947-70)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established August 15 1945 - Disestablished August 30 1949


Locy Type


Commissioning, cachet by Morris W. Beck


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Post Office Reestablished 1954 - Disestablished August 31 1972


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Generic cachet by Autopages


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Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


Generic cachet by Autopages


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Other Information

BUCK earned 6 Battle Stars for her Korean war service

NAMESAKE - Quartermaster James Buck, USN (1808 - November 1 1865)
Buck served in the Union Navy as an Acting Master's Mate and he was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Quartermaster under General Order 11, dated April 3 1863. His citation reads: "Served on board the USS 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 eight 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."

Three ships of the US Navy have been named BUCK - USS Buck SP-1355, USS Buck DD-420 and USS Buck DD-761.



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