Annapolis Reunion

 

Well, the Annapolis Reunion is history!  About thirtyfive shipmates met at the O'Callahan hotel to renew friendships and visit some great sites.

At the Business Meeting the slate of Officers was approved for the 2017-2919 period.  Amont the issues discussed were plans for the next Reunion.  Our curent plans is to have the 2019 Reunion at one of the earliest reunion sites:  Saratoga Springs, New York.  There are no details yet but we've created a web page for information as it arrives.  You can find it by using the Reunion Information button just off to port.


Want to learn about "Tin Cans"?

We are proud members of an elite group of veterans.  All of us have served on those fighting ships called "tin cans".  They're called "tin cans" because of their thin skinned hulls.  Built very quickly during World War II (and earlier), these ship were designed to be fast and deadly to the enemy.  Equipped with many guns and torpedoes, the destroyer was to "go in harms way".  They were expendable.  Many were sunk or damaged with much loss of life.  Our pride is in one of those "cans" called the USS Fiske.  It began its life as a destroyer (DD), later became a radar picket destroyer (DDR), and then returned to the DD classification.  She ended her career with the Turkish navy in the 90's.  To learn more about our ship, click the Ship's History button you see off to port.

A closer look at a "Tin Can"...

The Fiske, DD842, and J. P. Kennedy, DD850 were built from almost the same plans.  While our sister-ship survived, the Fiske did not.  The Kennedy is currently at Battleship Cove, MA serving as a museum ship.  A crew of volunteers are rebuiling her to the original configuration she, and the Fiske, had while serving together.  We've gathered pictures from the Kennedy that just as easily could have been taken of the Fiske. 

USS JPKennedy DD850Click the picture to visit the Fiske/Kennedy Pictures page. The Kennedy has a very extensive web site and there are many picturers available of the JPK from the laying of its keel to present day.  Here is the link that will take you to this site: http://ussjpkennedyjr.org

Attention Fiske Shipmates!

Following is a letter received from John Fraser

I just received the latest Fiske Newsletter. It seems to be missing several IMPORTANT parts!! I have wondered, over the years, about the cost, in terms of labor, member willingness, postal service costs, and extra effort how the association could afford it. It seems too that members' with the several donations to other outfits and associations that there could be a shortage of funds. In my humble opinion, our officers have managed to keep the association in great financial shape! I thank all extra efforts in this regard. I also especially congratulate our Treasurer for better than outstanding services on our behalf. Unfortunately I also have to agree with Sandie that for the last several years there has been a decline (due to demise of active members as well as other causes) in member willingness to step up and honor our commitments. Every one has their reasons for whatever they will or will not do. I was, as most of you, a member of Fiske when she was a CAN-DO Can. FISKE CAN DO WHAT OTHERS ONLY THINK ABOUT! It seems that the solution can include an increase in the association Dues, even to the extent of doubling. Also, if those members that have not paid their dues for a number of years (to be determined by the Assocation) were dropped from the rolls, that might help with the expense incurred by keeping them.

Tin Can

 

 Here is the expanded, updated and revised second edition of ‘Tin Can’. It has more pictures, more Fiske Tales (as well as all the old one) and more details of some on the Fiske’s exploits and her crew. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together.” It is already on Amazon and will be available at the reunion in Annapolis.




The Tin Can Navy

To lean more about destroyers, click the link that follows to visit our sister organization, Tin Can Sailors.  To see what's going on in today's navy, click the link that follows: NAVY.COM.



I am an American sailor

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Earnest Borgnine served during WW 2 on a "Tin Can" and is a member of Tin Can Sailors. He has appeared in a short video telling the world what it means to be a United States Navy Sailor. Click HERE to see the video. Close the video window when done.


General Information about Ships

Click on Hazegray And Underway to find information from many sources.


Join the Fiske Association

Join the Association by clicking on the Join-up button off to port.



...Hey, shipmates!...If you'd like to join the USS Fiske Association, click on the Join-up button off to port and send $10 to the address shown...Welcome aboard... Click the Ship's Store for lots of Fiske memorabilia...

Member Dues Notice

Members who wish to pay their dues, this link will provide you with a form letter.  Print the form letter and fill in the blanks.  Mail it to the address shown.Dues


Lost At Sea


We have lost contact with a number of shipmates.lost at sea Please click the life-preserver to open a listing of members we'd like to contact.

The list is in state order to make it easier to study. Have info on one or more of these guys?? Send an e-mail to jrrapson@cox.net to help us out.