Army Pvt. Thomas D. Costello enlisted in the Army on September 19, 1917, and was part of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division, according to military documents.
On September 16, 1918, with World War I nearing an end, Costello and his fellow troops encountered heavy artillery and machine-gun fire near Jaulny, in northern France. He died of a shrapnel head wound, Frisbie said.
Costello's fellow troops buried him with two other soldiers in a wooded area between Bois de Bonvaux and Bois de Grand Fontaine. Based on enlistment records, he was estimated to be 26 when he died.
Despite efforts by his sister and Army officials to find and retrieve Costello's remains, the grave could not be found. Costello was not married and did not have children.
World War I finds are rare. The Department of Defense has identified less than 10 U.S. soldiers from the "great war" since 2006. That leaves more than 3,000 U.S. troops missing and unaccounted for from that war.
In 2010, more than 90 years after his death, Costello was finally buried with full military honors, at Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers from the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the “Old Guard”, conducted the ceremony.
There are still more than 78,000 missing from WW II onward. Our job of never forgetting continues.
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