USS West Virginia Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Costill, H.)

Release No: 19-062 April 19, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — Navy Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Costill was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits, but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Costill.

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