Portland, North Dakota, US
United States Navy
EWT2, USS Cole
Port of Aden, Yemen, 10/11/2000
Kevin Shawn Rux, age thirty was killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
Joy Ust, from the quaint town of Ringgold, spoke of her nephew, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Shawn Rux, of Portland, N.D.
She broke down in tears as she spoke of the 32-year-old sailor’s love of hunting and fishing.
“And he was always smiling as a kid,” said Ust, who runs a beauty parlor in Finley, N.D. “He was always so very happy.”
Rux followed in the footsteps of his father, James Rux, who had been a “Navy lifer,” said Ust, who last saw her nephew at his father’s funeral four years ago.
“Kevin was his daddy’s pride and joy,” she sobbed, her hoarse voice saturated with pain.
Mr. Rux, who had served twelve years in the military and specialized in electronic warfare, was survived by his wife, Plaintiff Olivia Rux.