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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.

    AOT-1121 Champion Class T-5 Tanker
    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)

  1. M/V PAUL BUCK AOT-1122
    Placed in service by the MSC July 7 1985

    Purchased by the US Navy from Ocean Carriers in 2003 and redesignated
PaulBuck TAOT1122 Photo.jpg

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     (1998)



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
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GregCiesielski PaulBuck AOT1122 19980611 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski PaulBuck AOT1122 19980611 1 Award.jpg

M/V Paul Buck AOT-1122. The medal is the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal.


Other Information

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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