Tin Can Sailors
Administrative Information

Tin Can Sailors was founded in 1976. We now have thousands of members. The mission of Tin Can Sailors is threefold:

      1) To educate and broaden the public's understanding of the contribution made
          by destroyers and those who served aboard them and to promote and to
          preserve destroyer history..

      2) To support today's destroyer Navy and encourage understanding of its
          importance and mission.

      3) To promote camaraderie among our members through many events, our
          magazine, library, website, social media and by facilitating reunions of
          former shipmates..

Tin Can Sailors is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to Tin Can Sailors may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Tin Can Sailors files annual reports (Form 990) with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Attorney General's Division of Public Charities.

Our office can be reached at:
Tin Can Sailors
PO Box 100
Somerset, MA 02726
(800) 223-5535 (toll free)
(508) 677-0515
(508) 676-9740 (Fax)

We are governed by a board of directors. Questions regarding Tin Can Sailors operations should be directed to:
                                           Terry Miller, Executive Director
                                           c/o PO Box 100
                                           Somerset, MA 02726

Our magazine, The Tin Can Sailor, is published four times a year. We do not sell our mailing list nor do we make our mailing list available to other organizations. The magazine is sent to all members of Tin Can Sailors. Free copies are also sent to all active Destroyers and Frigates  and to destroyer veterans who cannot afford to send money but who have asked to receive the magazine.

Tin Can Sailors makes grants to seven historic ships. All of those ships are operated by 501(c)(3) educational/charitable organizations. See our Grant Program page for more information.

Our audit report is published annually in our magazine. The most recent report is also posted here on our web site. We encourage members and anyone else who may be interested to read it. We believe that non-profit, tax-exempt organizations should be very open about where the money comes from and where it goes to.


From time to time Tin Can Sailors receives requests from members and from attorneys wanting us to discuss certain issues in print or to take a stand for or against them. These include such topics as asbestos, flag burning, and support for attempts to acquire destroyers as museums for particular cities. It is not our function to be an advocacy group for or against any of these causes, no matter how obvious they may seem. Tin Can Sailors exists to preserve the histories of the various ships that we represent and to aid and stimulate the camaraderie among shipmates. It is something we are good at doing and at the risk of sounding conceited we do it well. There are many groups out there who represent veterans who have asbestosis. It's what they do and they are good at it. There are groups whose cause is protecting the flag. They, too, are good at it because it is what they do. It is not what we do because it is not who we are or what we are about.

It seems that some would have us be all things to all people and that is not practical. We could advocate for or against issues, certainly, but we would not be very good at it. We would not be effective in promoting issues because we are not set up to do that. To spend time, energy, or money on advocacy means that amount of time and energy and money is not available to be used in preserving the histories and camaraderie that we exist to support.

So before asking a group to support a cause that you believe in, remember to ask for that support from a group well suited to providing it. And when you want to read about, hear about, or talk about ships and Navy experiences, think of TCS.

 If you have any additional questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at (508) 677-0515.

All directors can be contacted through the Tin Can Sailors office at PO Box 100, Somerset, MA 02726.