Tin Can Sailors was founded in 1976. We
now have thousands of members. The mission of Tin Can Sailors
1) To educate and broaden the
public's understanding of the
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
importance and mission.
3) To promote camaraderie among
our members through many events,
magazine, library, website,
social media and by facilitating
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
(508) 676-9740 (Fax)
We are governed by a board of directors.
Questions regarding Tin Can Sailors operations should be
Terry Miller, Executive Director
c/o PO Box 100
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
Program page for more information.
Our audit report is published annually in our
magazine. The most recent report is also
. 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
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.
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