USS Slater (Destroyer Escort Historical Museum)
The USS Slater is a World War II Canon class destroyer ship that is now officially the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the last and only floating ship of its kind in the country. Ships of this class played an important role in protecting convoys during war, as well as bombarding shorelines and served as radar picket ships towards the war's end. The Slater was named after Frank Slater, who served on the USS San Francisco during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was killed when a Japanese bomber crashed into his battle station; he and the others at the gun continued to fire to the very end. The Slater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2012. It opened to the public sometime in the mid-1990s.
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