Americo Ciani

1943-45, DE-387 MoMM3c, Plank Owner.
Americo was part of Vance Association.

Received via E-mail.
From: Lisa Wallin (lwallin AT
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 12:22 PM
Subject: Americo Ciani- 1940's
Hello, I am emailing as the granddaughter of Americo Ciani. Americo "Mike" Ciani served on the USS Vance around the 1940's. He lived a beautiful life of 94 years and recently passed last Friday. I was wondering if you had any interesting artifacts or photos to share as I am currently prepping his wake memorial materials. Thank you for your time, have a great day.

Lisa it is with sadness I respond to your mail. His name will be added to the ship's Taps page.
I don't recall meeting Americo at any reunion. I've had the pleasure to meet many of the 1940's crew however. The only listed information I have on him is he served from 1943 to 45 as a Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class. This is what is listed from the official muster list. Ciani, Americo J. ("Mike"), MoMM3/c, 11/1/1943-1945 USCG , COM. Crew (Plank Owner)
Dance Photo This page is a very clear photo of Vance's crew at the Hotel Astor, NY, October12, 1945. Perhaps you might find Americo somehow. With all the crew shots of that time not many have names listed.
I will keep checking photos and papers for mention of him. This is all I can do. Would you please send us a copy of his obit for the website, please.

From: Lisa Wallin (lwallin AT
Wow, this was a beautiful email to open up. He was all of our hero and favorite guy. It's so cool to know a little in to good history. Thank you for sharing.
Here is his obituary:
Ps- we found him. I attached the zoomed photo

Lisa, thank you. Sure am glad you found him. I'm guessing he is in the center. With two young ladies to his left and half a shipmate to the right.
Americo J. ("Mike") Ciani
Ciani, Americo J. ("Mike")

Obituary for Americo "Mike" Ciani Ciani, Americo (Mike) J.

--- passed away on March 2, 2018 at the age of 94 of natural causes. He was the beloved husband of the late Pauline Nasta Ciani, loving father to Susan and her husband, Lee Wallin, cherished Grandfather (Papa) to Eric, Steven and his wife Stephanie, Lisa and her husband Matthew Geiss, and adored Great Papa of Miles Wallin.

Mike was born in Bronx, NY in a small two bedroom 2 family house to Lorenza Delia Ciani and Guiseppi Ciani. His close knit family grew to seven children, one brother and five sisters. In 1943 he enlisted and proudly served in World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served as a Motor Machine Mate/Fireman aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Vance repairing diesel engines and desalination machines. When ordered to battle stations his post was to report to the gun on deck. After the war he worked as a Building Superintendent for the NYC Housing Authority. In 1967, he and his loving wife and daughter moved to Cresskill, NJ.

Mike was vibrant and living independently until his passing. As a father, he had a simple lifestyle, was funny, kind, proud and grateful for everything. He especially appreciated good Italian meals prepared for him to take home. He doted on his grandchildren throughout their childhood. He consistently attended his grandchildren’s sporting games, award ceremonies, scouting ceremonies, celebrations, and most importantly, weekly Sunday dinners. Before his passing, Mike was able to welcome the newest member of the family, Great Grandson, Miles.

Mike’s hobbies were watching sports, maintaining his 1996 Volvo, playing golf and going to the horse race track.

The Viewing will be on Thursday March 8, 2018 from 1 PM until 4 PM and 7 PM until 9 PM. A service will be held at Barrett’s on Thursday at 8:30PM . The procession will leave Barrett’s for the internment on Friday March 9, 2018 at 11AM heading to the Tappan Reformed Church Cemetery in Tappan, New York, 32 Old Tappan Rd, Tappan, NY 10983
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to these two causes that were close to his heart.

• NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital Department of Pediatric Cardiology
• Villa Marie Claire Hospice Home “Ways to Give” tab
Or Villa Marie Claire 718 Teaneck Road Teaneck, NJ 07666 Phone: 201-833-3105

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