Officer’s country contained the four staterooms where the SLATER’s officers lived two to a compartment, except the executive officer who had a private stateroom. Politely called staterooms, these cabins functioned as sleeping quarters, lounges and offices. Based on appearances, the officers had much better living arrangements than the enlisted men one deck below them. In actuality, they did not have that much extra space. Packed with uniforms, technical manuals, life jackets, helmets, toilet gear and a photo of the girl back home, there was barely room to breathe. Curtains provided the only privacy.
The last compartment on the starboard side belonged to the Executive Officer or XO. He was the second in command aboard the ship. The XO reported directly to the Commanding Officer and was responsible for all administrative duties, as well as keeping the ship running smoothly.