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The primary mission of the USS SLATER/Destroyer Escort Historical Museum is to utilize the SLATER as an educational platform to teach youth and visitors about contributions of the destroyer escorts in World War II and the postwar Navy. This keeps alive the history, spirit and technology of these vessels and the men and women who built and manned them.
To accomplish this we collect, maintain, display and interpret artifacts and documents relating to the role of the destroyer escorts in the United States Navy during World War II and the postwar years. The primary emphasis is the authentic restoration and display of the destroyer escort USS SLATER DE766 in her 1945 configuration with all the equipment and artifacts she would have carried at that time.
The USS SLATER has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Of over 2,500 national Museum members, locally 120 volunteers are actively engaged with the organization, interpreting the USS SLATER to the public, maintaining the ship and her vintage equipment, and preserving the maintenance techniques of sixty years ago.
During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and material. In the Pacific they stood in line to defend naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks. Today, only one of these ships remains afloat in the United States, the USS SLATER.
Moored on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, the USS SLATER has undergone an extensive fifteen-year restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory. The museum offers hour-long guided tours, youth group overnight camping, and a historic location to hold naval reunions.
- David Pitlyk
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