USS Buck (DD 420)
Destroyer of the Sims class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Philadelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||6 Apr 1938|
|Launched||22 May 1939|
|Commissioned||15 May 1940|
|Lost||9 Oct 1943|
|Loss position||39° 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
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the USS Buck|
Commands listed for USS Buck (DD 420)
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|1||Horace Clovis Robison, USN||15 May 1940||1 May 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Lewis Robinson Miller, USN||1 May 1942||20 Dec 1942|
|3||Bosquet Neil Lev, USN||20 Dec 1942||10 Feb 1943|
|4||Lt. George Solon Lambert, USN||10 Feb 1943||28 Feb 1943 (1)|
|5||T/Lt.Cdr. Millard Jefferson Klein, USN||28 Feb 1943||9 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 (641 tons) is scuttled off Pantellaria in position 36°52'N, 12°08'E after being heavily damaged by the US Destroyer USS Buck.
- ADM 173/17271
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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