On Friday September 13, 2019, United States Navy Veteran, who died on December 7, 1941 at the attack on Pearl Harbor, was recently identified and was being brought home to Clayton New Jersey for a military burial. Fire Departments across the area all mustered on overpasses of Route 55 to honor this hero as his military procession passed underneath on the way to Clayton.
Squad 921 stood guard on the Clements Bridge Road overpass as Engine 922 stood guard on the Almonesson Road Overpass.
“Coming Home After 78 Years” US Navy Fireman Third Class Harold Kendall Costill age 18, was aboard the USS West Virginia and on duty in the engine room at the time of the attack. His battleship was moored at Ford Island. Costill was one of 35 sailors from the West Virginia that were killed during the attack by the Japanese Empire.
Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.