Association Information and Notes.
Craig Business Mtg 2018
History note 2018

I called Tin Can Sailor on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 and spoke to Ann Marie Estrella. I asked her if we could join other ships for the Tin Can Sailor annual reunion and she said yes. There is no cost. Next year's reunion is in Jacksonville, Florida from Sunday September 22 to Thursday September 26, 2018. She did not guarantee no hurricane. She will be sending me a packet via the U.S. Postal Service which should arrive shortly. 

I told her our situation. She said if we want to send a check to the Orleck, Tin Can Sailor would forward it . She said Tin Can Sailor would gladly accept our money too.

If you have any questions, you can call Ann Marie at 800-223-5535. She said a lady named Monica handles the reunion packets. I didn't get her last name. 

Jerry Chwalek


       Our search for a home for the history collection of the USS John R. Craig DD-885 has come to a conclusion. Though we had hoped we could include it with our sister ship the USS Orleck DD-886 Museum, the Board of Directors has determined that is not a good option. The Orleck has to move from it’s present location and find a new home, it has not. The rumor that the USS Alabama Museum in Mobile was interested in acquiring her, was just that a rumor. She is also in dire need of some drydock time, which is very expensive and for which she does not have the funds.

   I have been in contact with Rich Angelini who is on the Board of Directors of the “USS Massachusetts Memorial Committee” which includes the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD-850. He also oversees all restoration and preservation activities on the Kennedy. They are in the process of redoing the “Burk National Destroyer Museum” which is housed in the after berthing space of the Kennedy. He has indicated a desire to make a home for our collection.

  The Board of Directors of the USS John R. Craig DD-885 Association has voted to entrust our ships history collection to the complete custody of Rich Angelini and the USS Kennedy. The artifacts of our collection will be put on display in the Burk National Destroyer Museum to honor the USS John R. Craig and her crew. The documents, books and the remainder of the collection will be given on loan to the “Tin Can Sailors Library” where it will be stored in a climate controlled  area. The items will be made available at the library for crew members, their families or others to view for genealogical or historical research. The library is located in close proximity to the Kennedy. Your board and I as your historian believe this is our best option to preserve our history for the future.

   I hope you all will at some point get to walk the decks of the Kennedy. She too is very much a sister ship and visiting her will bring memories flooding back of your time on the best Tin Can to ever serve in the United States Navy, the USS John R. Craig DD-885.


        Since I issued the attachment I have received information that the Orleck may be going to Jacksonville, Florida and has been scheduled for dry dock time. This will all take time, time I didn’t have. The board still feels that the Kennedy is still our best option and the history has been shipped to Rich Angelini and the Kennedy. 


Tin Can Sailor sent this Letter to me showing the John R. Craig Association's Donation.

 The above link is a vido about the Craig.

A Reunion was held September 7, 8, 9, 2021 at The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. And was Hosted by Keith and Wendy Junge.