I’m a big WWII history buff, so whenever I get the chance, I jump to touch, see, ride, or experience something from “The Big One,” as my grandfather called it.
Over the years I’ve driven an original World War II jeep, flown three B-17 bombers and one B-25 bomber, and had the opportunity to pilot a PT boat in the waters off Key West. We had the pleasure of boarding the USS Silversides, an American World War II submarine that is still floating in Lake Michigan. I have also toured a German submarine and naval vessels from the USS Intrepid to the USS Midway.
Little did I know when I moved to the Capital District a few years ago that I would have an important piece of WWII history right in my own backyard?
The USS Slater is a World War II naval destroyer escort mandated to protect convoys of ships crossing the Atlantic from German submarines. The USS Slayer is the only remaining Destroyer escort ship that is still afloat, and you can view it! If you’ve seen the Tom Hanks movie “Greyhound”, you’ve seen what our very own USS Slater did during WWII.
The USS Slater is open for tours starting today April 7th. This piece of history is on the corner of Broadway and Quay Streets