Why Do The U.S. And South Korea Love Each Other?

Since the Korean War, the U.S. has always had South Korea's back. So why are the U.S. and South Korea such close allies?

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Is South Korea America's new best friend in Asia? (csmonitor.com)
"President Obama is fond of saying that if Americans are driving Hyundais and Kias, then South Koreans ought to be driving Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers as well."

U.S.-South Korea Relations (fas.org)
"South Korea (known officially as the Republic of Korea, or ROK) is one of the United States' most important strategic and economic partners in Asia, and since 2009 relations between the two countries arguably have been at their most robust state in decades. "

Opinion of the United States (pewglobal.org)
"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of the U.S.?"