Costello, Ray Frank, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1943-Present, 0311, MIA - WWII
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Private 1st Class


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  1943, World War II Fallen

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Distinguished Service Cross
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ray Frank Costello (MCSN: 465649), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as a member of Company N, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion in action against the enemy Japanese forces at Viru Village, Vangunu, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 1 July 1943. Until he lost consciousness from the wounds which caused his death, Private Costello lay in the path of heavy enemy fire between his own lines and those of the enemy and courageously called out directions of fire to his comrades. His heroic actions were responsible for the safe temporary withdrawal of his platoon. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Private First Class Costello on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 518 (December 21, 1943)
Action Date: July 1, 1943
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
4th Raider BnMissing In Action
  1943-1943, 0311, 4th Raider Bn
  1943-Present, 0311, MIA - WWII
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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