Allied Warships

USS Buck (DD 420)

Destroyer of the Sims class

USS Buck on 11 September 1943. Photo from Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 420 
Built byPhiladelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down6 Apr 1938 
Launched22 May 1939 
Commissioned15 May 1940 
Lost9 Oct 1943 
Loss position39° 57'N, 14° 28'E

At 00.40 hours on 9 October 1943, the USS Buck (Lt.Cdr. Millard Jefferson Klein, USN) was on patrol off Salerno in position 39º57'N, 14º28'E , when she was hit in the bow by a Gnat fired by U-616, causing the forward magazine to explode and sank within four minutes.

The 94 survivors were picked up by the American destroyers USS Gleaves (DD 423) and USS Plunkett (DD 431), the British cruiser HMS Delhi (D 74) and the British landing craft HMS LCT-170. Amongst the 168 killed was the Commanding Officer.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 9 Oct 1943 by U-616 (Koitschka).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Buck

Commands listed for USS Buck (DD 420)

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1Lt.Cdr. Horace Clovis Robison, USN15 May 19401 May 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Lewis Robinson Miller, USN1 May 194220 Dec 1942
3Bosquet Neil Lev, USN20 Dec 194210 Feb 1943
4Lt. George Solon Lambert, USN10 Feb 194328 Feb 1943 (1)
5T/Lt.Cdr. Millard Jefferson Klein, USN28 Feb 19439 Oct 1943 (+) (1)

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Notable events involving Buck include:

28 Mar 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR), HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN), USS Bristol, USS Buck and USS Edison. (2)

3 Aug 1943
The Italian submarine Argento is scuttled off Pantellaria in position 36°52'N, 12°08'E after being heavily damaged by the US destroyer USS Buck.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Blood on the Sea

Parkin, Robert Sinclair
($ 15.98)

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. ADM 173/17271

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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