WWI soldier buried at Arlington, 91 years after he died during battle in France.

The captain reassured Mrs. Grady that the search would continue.…

The captain reassured Mrs. Grady that the search would continue. But “some time may yet elapse before definitive information can be given in this case.”

On Monday, 89 years later — and 91 years after Costello, a private in the 60th Infantry Regiment, was killed by German artillery in a patch of woods called the Bois de Bonvaux — his remains were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was buried at 11 a.m. on a hill beneath a freshly trimmed swamp oak, not far from his World War I commander, Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, who had led the “doughboys” to Europe in 1917.

A warm breeze rustled the leaves as a bugler played taps and a French Army colonel came by to pay his respects. “I wanted to show the gratitude of my country,” said Col. Brice Houdet.

Costello’s fairly complete skeleton was discovered by relic hunters in eastern France in 2006, along with the remains of several other soldiers, and artifacts such as a blue-beaded rosary, a smashed French coin, a pocketknife, toothbrushes and the remnants of boots and uniforms.

He was identified after an investigation by the Defense Department’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command that matched, among other things, dental records and evidence of the fatal head wound Costello had suffered.

Source: Michael E. Ruane and Edward Cody for The Washington Post.

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