During WW II, destroyer escort ships protected Atlantic convoys and defended naval task forces in the Pacific. In 1944-45 the USS Slater DE-766 was first assigned to Atlantic convoy duty then went to the Pacific. The legacy of 563 destroyer escorts lives on through the USS Slater Ship Museum in Albany, NY.
With over 30 years in historic ship restoration, Tim Rizutto, Executive Director, led the 15 year project of making the Slater the 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 thank my father, who 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.