ALBANY, N.Y. — One of the last surviving World War II crew members of a Navy ship that’s the last of its kind still afloat is making a visit to the vessel at its Hudson River dock.
Officials with the USS Slater museum say 93-year-old Earl Laber and family members will be visiting the floating museum Friday morning at the Port of Albany.
The Springfield, Vermont native joined the Navy at the height of WWII and served aboard the Slater as an electrician as the ship saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
After the war, Laber started Green Mountain Electric Supply. Today the company has 14 stores in three northeastern states.
The Slater is the only WWII destroyer escort still afloat. Fewer than 10 former crew members are still living.