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Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

141 Broadway

About Us:
In 1993 the Board of Directors of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association voted for and established a new organization, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (DEHM). DEHM was incorporated as a not-for-profit educational corporation and has been granted a provisional charter by the New York State Department of Education.

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 SLATER is listed in the National Register of National Historic Places. 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.


David Wegiel

Monday, April 16, 2018
It is a truly great experience for people who like history... even my sister who hate learning about history enjoyed the tour. The facts are all interesting and the tour was extensive and fun. Great place to go with family but not the best for young children as there is a lot of climbing ladders and plenty of tripping hazards on the ship. Overall a great way to spend a couple of hours.

joyce marrocco

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Enjoyed a tour of this amazing piece of history as a Mother's Day gift from my daughters. It was wonderful, the tour guide was knowledgeable , funny and very patient with two little girls on the tour. I love the reference to the movie Mr. Roberts,( the palm tree!!! ) Gave new respect and admiration to all those who serve, a big Thank You!!!!!

Richard Trierweiler

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The ship has been painstakingly preserved and restored. The guid we had was very enthusiastic and is full of interesting information about the ship.


Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Among the best restored ship tours out there, the effort and dedication of the volunteers really shows. This is not as much a museum ship, as it is a period-correct restoration. The Slater is an excellent representation of how a WWII era combat ship looked and felt, at the time of its service. The tour volunteer at the time of my visit really knew the ship, and genuinely enjoyed giving the tour. The high point for me was learning the original Captain of this ship had donated to the Slater the very same items he had in the cabin during WWII. If you're into US Navy and WWII history, this one is a real can't miss.

Giant Catbass

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
USS Slater (DE-766) is a Cannon-class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy and later in the Hellenic (Greek) Navy. The ship was named for Frank O. Slater of Alabama, a sailor killed on the cruiser USS San Francisco during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry in action and the Purple Heart. Following service during World War II, the ship was transferred to Greece and renamed Aetos. Decommissioned in 1991, the destroyer escort was returned to the United States.

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