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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:09 pm 
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SNJ 9/13 Dignified Transfer Harold K. Costill (KIA12-7-41)

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CLAYTON – Funeral services for Harold Kendall Costill, who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the CHS Performing Arts Center, Pop Kramer Blvd., Clayton, NJ. Family will begin greeting visitors at 10:00 a.m. A burial, with full military honors, will immediately follow the service at the Cedar Green Cemetery, located next to the high school, where Harold will be laid to rest in the Costill family plot.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on April 19, 2019, that Harold’s remains have been identified. Harold’s brother, Gene D. Costill, 93 years old, and a former mayor of Clayton, is the closest living relative. Harold’s siblings, Robert S. Costill, Allan H. Costill, and Joan Costill Burke, did not survive to see their brother return home.
U.S. Navy Fireman Third Class Harold K. Costill, 18 years old, was on board the U.S.S. West Virginia and on duty in the engine room at the time of the attack. The battleship was moored at Ford Island, Hawaii. Harold’s remains were one of 35 casualties associated with the USS West Virginia, interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, more commonly known as the Punchbowl Cemetery, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In September of 2015, a formal disinterment request for a specific grave, thought to be Harold’s, was submitted, on behalf of the family, to the DPAA. The request was made five months after US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work issued a Memorandum setting forth new requirements regarding disinterment of graves marked as “unknown.” As a result, a decision was made for all 35 caskets to be disinterred, which occurred from June through October of 2017. Testing of the remains are performed by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory.
Since that time, the first to be identified was Navy Fireman First Class Angelo Gabriele, of Trenton, NJ, who was laid to rest in June of this year in the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield, Bucks County, PA. Harold is the second, and most recent, Sailor from the USS West Virginia to be identified. His name will remain on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl in Hawaii. There will be a rosette placed next to his name indicating that he was identified.
Harold’s grandnephew, Major Joseph A. Mucci, a member of the Maryland Army National Guard, will be the honor escort in returning Harold’s remains from Hawaii to his hometown of Clayton, NJ.

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