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Another WWI Vet Is Gone
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: May 05, 2002
KitMaker: 8,074 posts
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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 04:23 AM UTC
My father-in-law, Jim Costigan, the young kid pictured below during the November 1942 landings in North Africa, passed away early this morning at home. He fought with the 82nd Airborne and 36th Texas Infantry Divisions throughout the Second World War in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium (during the Bulge) and Austria. His unit liberated at least one of the Dachau subcamps in April 1945. He earned 3 Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and several other medals. He enlisted at 16, below the accepted age, the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. He spoke often of his friends from the war, but little of his own experiences. He referred to his wounds most matter of factly. He returned home to marry his sweetheart, Edna Grala, (and a sweetheart she was...one of the nicest people I've ever met) a second generation American of Polish descent. They were together until her death in 2002, and he missed her every day since.

He will be greatly missed.

Illinois, United States
Joined: March 18, 2006
KitMaker: 2,302 posts
AeroScale: 9 posts
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 08:14 AM UTC
My condolences.
Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 4,765 posts
AeroScale: 3,080 posts
Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 08:43 AM UTC
Sorry to hear that. It brought a tear to my eye, and I never met him or you.

I remember just a few months ago that you got him and the picture put together. I guess that was really a lucky moment.

Take Care