PAUL BUCK T-AOT 1122
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.
Built in 1985 by American Ship Building Co., Tampa, FL.
for Ocean Product Tankers of Houston, Texas,.
for long-term time charter to MSC
Delivered July 7 1985 to Military Sealift Command (MSC)
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- Covers Page 1 (1998)
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M/V Paul Buck AOT-1122. The medal is the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal.
NAMESAKE - Captain Paul Buck, Merchant Marine, CO of the Liberty Ship SS Stephen Hopkins.
Capt. Buck and his civilian crew of 40 and 15 U.S. Navy gunners had taken on a professional, fully manned German warship STIER, and sent it to the bottom on Sept. 27, 1942. For his heroic actions, Capt. Buck was honored in 1944 with the posthumous award of the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal. This award is equal in status to the Medal of Honor.
Merchant Marine Academy cadet Edwin Joseph O'Hara posthumously received the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal also. O'Hara single-handedly fired the last shots from the ship's 4-inch gun. O'Hara was the second cadet to win this award, and the first to win it posthumously. Navy reservist Lt. (j.g.) Kenneth Martin Willett, gun boss for the 4-inch gun, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
The Liberty ships SS Paul Buck, SS Edwin Joseph O'Hara, and SS Richard Moczkowski, and the destroyer escort USS Kenneth M. Willett (DE-354) were named in honor of crew members of the Stephen Hopkins, and SS Stephen Hopkins II in honor of the ship itself.
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