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 this thumbnail to visit the Fiske/Kennedy Pictures page:

Each month the JP Kennedy Association provide us with an email detailing the ongoing work being performed.  The latest email provides a link to many additional links within the JPK Association restoration web site.  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://jpkennedyjr.webs.com/field.html

Attention on deck!! The 2015 Reunion Is Being Planned

Click on the following picture to visit the Reunion 2015 page we recently added. September 2015 will be here sooner than you think, so periodically check here for updated information.
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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 willDues provide you with a form letter.  Print the form letter and fill in the blanks.  Mail it to the address shown.


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.



Fiske Tales


Have a story to tell?  Our Historian, Gil Beyer is looking for stories from shipmates--especially those who served aboard in the 1970's!!  If you've got a story to tell, send it to Gil at vintage40@frontier.com.