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John Charles Caranci

John Charles Caranci

Male 1922 - 1970  (48 years)

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  • Name John Charles Caranci  [1, 2
    Born 7 Feb 1922  Greenville, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jul 1970  Centerdale, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Highland Memorial Park/Johnston, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2014 

    Father Giovanni Carmine Caranci,   b. 2 Jul 1895, Castelpizzuto, Isernia, Molise, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1958, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Georgianna Maria Marzucca,   b. 21 Jul 1897, Salerno, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1980, North Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1915  Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9740  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Norma Imogene French,   b. 25 Feb 1925, Bar Mills, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1990, Torrington, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1943  Centerdale, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 21 Sep 1964  Alexandria, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. John Charles Caranci,   b. 21 Jan 1945, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 2016, Bellevue, NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
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    Last Modified 21 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F5985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jun 1943 - Centerdale, RI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 21 Sep 1964 - Alexandria, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jul 1970 - Centerdale, RI Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • John Caranci Sr. was a toolmaker turned spy. He worked for the CIA from 1955 till his retirement. He was credited with inventing innovative ways of spying during the post-war period in Japan and broke up a major spy-ring during that time with the "James Bond" type of spy gadgets he invented and made.

      He worked as a plumber with his brother Anthony in North Providence and also at Brown & Sharpe where he learned the tool making trade; Uncas Manufacturing (where he broke his leg playing semi-pro football); and Pratt & Whitney in Providence. When P&W moved to E. Hartford, CT. Uncle Buddy (Charles Boorom) moved with them commuting at first from Providence then moving to Windsor Locks, CT for a short period. Through his brother Joseph, John got a job with the CIA as a tool maker.

      He served in the US Army in the Field Artillery 1942-1943; and as a surgical tech in the Medical Corps 1943-1946 during WWII, in the Aleutian Islands June 1945-Jan 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal; Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon; American Theater Campaign Ribbon; and the Victory Medal decorations. According to his army records he enlisted as a PVT on October 17, 1942. His term of enlistment was for 5 years or '..for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months,....' . He had 2 years of high school education.

      Curiously, John was offered the grounds keeper job at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT before Grampa (Charles French) was, through Carl Storey , who was business manager there. His wife Janet, was sister to Aunt Helen Mason (French), Uncle Stanley's wife.

      Places lived: Morgan Avenue, Johnston; Waterman Avenue, Centredale; Gre ystone Ave, Graniteville; Mineral Spring Ave, N. Providence; Indian Head, MD; Alexandria, VA; Yokohama/Yokosuka, Japan; Alexandria, VA; Frankfort, Germany; Centredale, RI.

      He met his wife, Norma I. French, at dances held at St. Edwards Church in N. Providence on Friday nights. They separated for a short time some where between 1948-1950.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1366] Interviews with family members conducted by David M. Caranci.

    2. [S1365] CIA records obtained by FOI Act by David M. Caranci.

    3. [S119] Virginia Divorce Records, 1918-2014.