ALBANY, N.Y. - The U.S.S. Slater hosted a celebration Sunday, in honor of the Navy's 238th birthday.
The Navy traces its origins all the way back to 17-75.
When it was active, thousands of people worked on the U-S-S Slater. It's now kept up by a team of volunteers.
With that in mind, the historic ship shared the Navy's birthday party with a celebration of its volunteer of the year.
That honor went to World War two veteran Leo Baehler.
"I am flattered, you know, of course I'm only one of many. I think there were about 155,000 men that served on these types of ships," said Leo Baehler, WWII Petty Officer 2nd Class Electrician's Mate.
"They don't give them out too easy - yeah it's quite an accomplishment really," William Haggard, 2nd Class Boatswain's Mate said.
The USS Slater served as a destroyer escort in World War two.
It's open to the public Wednesday through Sunday 10-to-4.