After Commissioning in 1945 The Small saw service as ambassadors of the USA in war torn countries in the Med. even going to Yemen Saudi Arabia in 1946. It was after is stay in Yemen she got orders to go through the Suez Canal and be stationed in Long Beach California. After serving destroyer picket duty she was sent to the sea of Korea to do off duty off the shores of North Korea. Even though the Navy had large numbers of Mine sweeps paroling, North Korea either laid new mines under the mask of darkness, or one slipped through the internet of sweep, what ever The Small struck one of their mines, an underwater explosion started a series of explosions which damaged the front of the ship, from forward of mount 52 to the bow. The rest of the story in the following Photo.