During WW II, 563 destroyer escorts protected Atlantic convoys and defended naval task forces in the Pacific. In 1944-45 the USS Slater DE-766 was assigned to Altantic convoy duty. After the Allied victory in Europe, the Slater went to the Pacific. The legacy of destroyer escorts lives on through the USS Slater Museum in Albany, NY. The Slatership rests on the Hudson River as a historical museum open to to the public.
With over 30 years in historic ship restoration, Tim Rizutto, Executive Director, led the 15 year project of making the Slaterthe best and most authentically restored ship in the country. Tim maintains a shipboard atmosphere that is safe, productive and fun for everyone who volunteers or visits.
While I cannot personally thank my father, he died in 1996, nor visit the Campbell because it was sold for scrap in 1973, I can be thankful that a representative of the type of ship my father served aboard still exists.