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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


Tom Costello


Date and Place of Birth: 1914 Center Township, New Jersey
Date and Place of Death: June 7, 1943 England
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Outfield
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Military Unit: 553rd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group USAAF
Area Served: European Theater of Operations


Thomas C "Tom" Costello was born in Center Township, New Jersey in 1914. The family later moved to Gloucester, New Jersey, where Costello was a star baseball player at LaSalle Prep and  College in Philadelphia. He later played for the Gloucester and Collingswood teams in the Camden County League.


Costello entered military service in April 1942 with the Army Air Force. He took basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and later served at Fort Riley, Kansas and then Fort Bliss, Texas where he was chosen for Flight Officer Candidate School. He trained at Miami Beach, Florida, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on December 9, 1942. Initially assigned as a physical education director at Tampa, Florida, Costello was later sent to England as a transportation officer with the 553rd Bomb Squadron of the 386th Bomb Group.


Second Lieutenant was killed in an accident in England on June 7, 1943. He is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery in England.






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