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The USS John W. Thomason DD760 was an Allen M. Sumner class United States Navy destroyer. Many of the men who were assigned to destroyers often referred to them as "Tin Cans" and called themselves "Tin Can Sailors". Destroyers earned the "Tin Can" nickname for more than one reason. First, during World War II millions of household food "tin cans" were recycled to help build these ships. Secondly, the hull and armor plate of these ships was very thin, much like a "tin can". And finally, the ships tended to bob around in the water much as an empty can does floating on a lake. Thus, destroyers got nick named "Tin Cans".
The USS John W. Thomason DD760 Association is comprised of the officers and men who served as part of the crew of the USS John W. Thomason DD760 at any time during her naval career (1945 to 1970), as well as the relatives and friends of these men. The Association provides a conduit for these former shipmates and families to keep in touch with each other, renew old friendships, make new friendships, and keep the history of the ship alive.
Shipmate reunions have been held every two years since 1988. Our most recent reunion was held at Patriots Point SC, and was an outstanding success. We try to rotate the locations around the country. Our next reunion is scheduled for 2018 at San Antonio, TX. At each reunion we ask for one or more of our shipmates to volunteer to host an upcoming reunion.
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