CLAYTON, N.J. — A sailor from New Jersey killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II will be laid to rest next weekend in his hometown.
The Cherry Hill Courier Post reports that family members have issued an open invitation to the Sept. 14 funeral in Clayton for Fireman 3rd Class Harold Kendall “Bud” Costill, 18, a sailor on the battleship USS West Virginia who was killed in the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
Costill’s remains were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in a “unknowns” casket among the 106 killed aboard the West Virginia. The Department of Defense notified the family in June that Costill had been identified 78 years after being listed as missing in action.
Navy personnel had recovered the remains of at least 66 deceased crewmen from the USS West Virginia. Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental and anthropological analysis to identify Costill’s remains. And a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis was performed by scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.
According to DPPA, of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the conflict. Currently there are 72,704 service members still unaccounted for. Costill’s name is listed on the Walls of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.