The North Pacific Chapter of Destroyer Escort Sailors Association is an active and growing organization, established in August 1983. Our membership covers Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our members enjoy:
(1) Quarterly meetings that include lunch and a speaker or entertainment. (2) Special events include tours of Naval facilities in the area (especially now that our Chapter has adopted Destroyer Squadron Nine, the USS Ingraham FFG-61, USS Ford FFG-54, USS Rodney M. Davis FFG-60, USS Shoup DDG-86 and USS Momsen DDG-92 -- at Naval Station Everett, Washington -- we will become increasingly involved with them). (3) A quarterly ten-page newsletter (Ye Old Salt's News). (4) An up-to date list of members with addresses, phone#, and name/number of member's ship. (5) A full, active complement of hard working Chapter officers, including a Chaplain and a seven member Executive Board.
Our Executive Board meets quarterly to plan for our group meetings/activities. All members are encouraged to attend if possible or to send suggestions/recommendations to Board members if unable to attend.
Join us in remembering our days as DE sailors and enjoy once again the comradeship that we experienced in those days of yore. Membership is $15 per year and we have a nice etched plastic name tag with our Logo, Your name, and the name/# of your ship for $10.00.
For further information and a membership application, contact Webmaster Dick Willard (see below).
The USS Slater DE-766 (a Cannon Class DE) was decommissioned September 26, 1947 and stricken from the US Navy on March 7, 1951. On March 1, 1951, SLATER was transferred to the Hellenic Navy under the Truman Doctrine. Renamed Aetos-01, the ship served as a Hellenic Navy Officer Training Vessel until 1991 when Greece donated the ship to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association . Destroyer escort sailors from around the nation donated $275,000 to bring the ship back to the United States.
The SLATER now belongs to the DESTROYER ESCORT HISTORICAL MUSEUM, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association and to every sailor who ever sailed in a DE. The SLATER, permanently home ported in Albany, New York, is a floating museum dedicated to maintaining the heritage of all DE’s. The SLATER now represents all DE's and is OUR ship.
VISIT THE USS SLATER WEB SITE FOR FULL DETAILS AND HISTORY
MEMBER: Membership is open to officer or enlisted, who served in a World War II type Destroyer Escort of the EVARTS, RUDDEROW, BUCKLEY, EDSALL, CANNON, or JOHN C. BUTLER classes (hull numbers 5 through 800, inclusive). Since DE's served in all conflicts from World War II through Viet Nam, that service can be anytime between 1942 and 1973. There were 43 DE's converted to APD's after commissioning, and 56 others were converted during shipbuilding. An additional 76 DE's were built between 1952 and 1972. They were DEALEY, COURTNEY, GARCIA, BRONSTEIN, BROOKE, and the KNOX class.
ASSOCIATE: Widows, Children, Grandchildren of MEMBERs.
SUSTAINING: Any United States Navy or Coast Guard veteran who served on a ship participating in anti-submarine warfare; or any person having an interest in Destroyer Escorts specifically; or in military affairs in general.
CONTACT: Dick Willard, Webmaster, NORPAC/DESA
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North Pacific Chapter
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Covington, WA 98042-5033