||Detroit| Vincent Meli
Birth: January 2, 1921 - San Cataldo, Sicily
Death: January 7, 2008 - Warren
Vincent Angelo Meli was born in San Cataldo, Sicily in 1921 and moved to Detroit when he was 9 together with his parents. His uncle, Angelo Meli, was a high ranking member of the Detroit Outfit and helped his family out.
While grewing up Vincent attended Howe Military school in Indiana. After that he continued to an ROTC program at Notre Dame University. Because of his capability of speaking Italian, French and English, Vincent asked for a replacement to intelligence. In 1943 he enlisted in the US military. During
His second Purple Heart was granted to him after he survived a hand-to-hand combat in Namur, Belgium, during the battle of the Bulge. He also helped liberate a concentrationcamp called Buchenwald in Germany on april 1, 1945. For all his efforts in the war Vincent recieved a presidential medal from president Harry Truman.
When Vincent returned home after the war, he married a woman named Grace Mercurio with who'm he had 6 children. Together with his father, who's name was Frank, he owned the now-defunct 'Meltone music' and 'White Music Jukebox' companies in Detroit. During the 1960's Vincent became a capo in the Detroit Outfit, which was ones controlled by his uncle. In 1969 his uncle Angelo Meli died but not before he left his business to his nephew Vincent. Vincent became heavily involved in labor racketeering and was a partner of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. In 1984 Vincent was arrested for extortion and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. After that he was conscidered to be a high ranking member of the Detroit Mafia by US officials, but his exact position remains a bit unclear. He died on January 7, 2008, due to bone cancer in St. John Macomb hospital in Oakland. He was 87 years old.
(Source: Mafia-News.com, hbo.com/war_stories)
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