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USS Slater (DE-766) on station in Albany, NY
She could use a crew! So, if you live near her, dig out those utilities and head on down! The original crew members are passing quickly these days. We owe it to them to keep her alive and functional! You know you miss it!

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Comment by Jim Decota on November 9, 2010 at 7:48pm
Get this! the USS Atherton (DE 169) was still in active service as of this year in the Philippine Navy as the flagship. She's the oldest front line ship in service in the "world"!
The pic is from March 2010

Comment by Jim Decota on November 1, 2010 at 5:35pm
I am assuming his last name is correct...Earthman? Ha! I wonder if the Texas wasn't there how their visitor numbers would be for the battlefield! Give a nobody a soap box and all of a sudden he's got too much to say! Someone should tell him "if he or they want it moved, go ahead and move it!" hehehe
Comment by Jim Decota on November 1, 2010 at 4:54pm
Plus, they just recently redid the hull and other major maintenance repairs to Texas! I believe to the tune of almost 20 million! I think Sam Houston would rather have the Texas there rather than open land!
Actually there are four DE's in total. The Slater, Stewart, one as a museum ship in Brazil(USS Reybold (DE-177)) and one that was active up to recently in the Philippines (USS Atherton (DE 169) )! The Slater is due for hull maintenance soon as well. I have been trying to convince the ships's super to pursue getting her GM engines running too! Now that the new CEO of GM is a tin can sailor from the early 70's. Dan Akerson was an officer on the USS DuPont (DD-941). No time like now to try and get them to fix em! They move the Slater each Winter for storage till Spring. I think she should run under her own power and sail south during the Winter and spend a month at a time at other museum ship locations!
It amazes me how much has been done for so little by the WW2 vets on Slater! Makes me wonder why other museum ships need so much money and are in such sorry shape. It's not the vets that love and care for those ships! We know where the blame lies! Incompetence, laziness and greed!
Comment by Jim Decota on November 1, 2010 at 10:23am
The last DE afloat in the US to boot! Plus, almost completely and accurately restored to 1944 ship shape! She is also one of the few on which the guns are still functional! The DESA got the State of New York to accept ownership of the guns. They pulled the torpedo tubes in 45 and replaced them with 20MM's. Check her out at
BT Reed, they can use anyone that has the desire!
Comment by James Reed on October 31, 2010 at 6:57pm
any need for an old X-BT?

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