Hugh Clark "Slip" Slater U.S. Air Force (ret.)(1922 - 2013)

COL. HUGH SLATER U.S. Air Force, Retired Col. Hugh "Slip" Clark Slater, U.S. Air Force (ret.), of Las Vegas, passed away Nov. 26, 2013. He was born Jan. 2, 1922, to parents George and Thelma Slater and was raised in Los Angeles. In 1945, he married Barbara Clark, the love of his life. Slip attended USC and in 1942 joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and the Aviation Cadet program. After graduation, he flew fighters which included 84 combat missions in the European Theater of World War II. He continued to fly for the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and flew 7,500 hours total. His flying was mainly associated with fighter aircraft. Slip's assignments included tours in Panama, Europe, Okinawa, and Taiwan. He also served with the Central Intelligence Agency with the Chinese Nationalists and their U-2 Program. This was followed with another CIA program at Area 51, Nevada Test Site as the commander for four years. There he helped with the developing of the Mach 3, A-12 Oxcart program which included a tour on Okinawa, where the A-12 was used over North Vietnam and North Korea. After another tour in the United Kingdom, Slip returned to Edwards Air Force Base in California, where he was assigned to Joint USAF/NASA program involving the YF-12 and the SR-71. After Edwards, he was transferred to Tyndall AFB, Florida, where he retired in May 1972 as a colonel. Military decorations included Distinguished Service Medal, 14 Air Medals, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the CIA Medal of Merit. Hugh is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Stacy Bernhardt (Paul), Tori and Peter (Terry); four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Slater Brown of Redondo Beach, Calif. Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.