Mine Sweeping Boat Division ONE was sweeping for moored mines at MokPo, Korea in April 1952. As they swept across the mouth of the MokPo River their gear was caught in the sand, and the strong current flowing from the river swamped their LCVP 36′ minesweeper. The current sunk their boat stern first as it was “anchored” by the Oropesa minesweeping gear it was towing. As rescuers watched, the boat went down by the stern, and the bow was pointing skyward. All crew members of MSB-3 were thrown into the icy water as nearby MSB One minesweepers rushed to the rescue. MSB-19 Boat Captain Lewis Yore BM2 rescued two crewmembers alive, and unfortunately could not recover the remaining two more before they either drowned, or died of hypothermia. FN Creighton Franklin “Red” Donaldson, and BM3 William Christian “Duffy” Hushion are shown here in better times, and in the Treasure Chest Bar in Sasebo, Japan during Christmas 1951. This video slideshow was my first of many attempts to memorailize individuals about which I was writing. Red shown in an earlier minesweeping mission holding an explosive cutter used to cut moored mine cables, and Duffy was shown next to a captured Russian MKB mine at their Sasebo HQ.
The sign at the beginning was their HQ Building at Jake Basin in Sasebo, Japan and the colorful North Korean Propaganda Poster was from the era early in the war. The mine explosion destroying a South Korean YMS (a 140′ WWII YMS) occured during the start of the 900 Day USN Seige of Wonsan Harbor in North Korea. The ship was of course obliterated by 900 lbs of TNT, and the USS Redhead a similar YMS/AMS was between the South Korean ship and the camera on 10-18-1950.