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To everyone who served in this ship, thank you.
Posted by Kenny Chae on 2/14/2021, 12:32:59
I am a South Korean who was looking up records of U.S ships transferred to the Korean Navy, and I stumbled upon this website. I do not know if anyone who served aboard the USS Rush during her Korean War days is still alive, but regardless, I want to say a sincere thank-you to everyone who did, regardless of time. If it was not for you and others who sacrificed so much for a country they never knew existed, I probably would not be here; my grandfather would likely have been killed, and that would have been the end of that.
During her service with the ROKN, she sank a North Korean ship used to ferry spies into Korea in 1983 with her Allouette 3 helicopter; she was cherished dearly, being the only class of ships who could operate helicopters, and during her service arguably was the pride of our navy.
Unfortunately, in 2016, a series of examinations revealed that she was structurally too unsound and would break up soon, leading to her dismantling; but her memory still lives on fondly in Korean websites around the web.
Again, thank you for your service and sacrifice.