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USS Buck was an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer laid down on February 1, 1944 and launched on March 11, the following year. It was commissioned on June 28, 1946 under Comdr. H. H. Nielsen’s command with the hull number DD-761 and served in the US Navy for 27 years until it was struck from the Naval Register on July 15, 1973. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 336 people on board and had the main missions in Acapulco, Mexico, Ketchikan, San Diego or Hawaii. After the striking, the ship was sold to Brazil on July 16, 1973 where it was renamed Alagoas. For the services brought to the country during the Korean War, USS Buck received 6 battle stars.