Honor Mission
William D. Costello
US Army/US Navy - WWII Veteran
Multi-City, NY - 05/14/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 7, Region 8, Region 9
About the Mission: Technician Fifth Grade (T/5) William D. Costello faithfully and honorably executed his duties to our nation in World War II. He enlisted on 18 May 1943 and served as Guard Patrolman (522) until his honorable discharge on 9 January 1946.
He landed on Utah Beach with the 4th Infantry 20th Armored Division on the morning of the D-Day invasion of Normandy carrying an M1 Garand.
Battles and campaigns include Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland.
For his service, he was awarded the D-Day Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Purple Heart from combat injuries suffered on 3 January 1945 in the European Theater.
He was a Marksman on the M1 Garand Rifle and the M1 Carbine, and an expert with the Thompson Submachine Gun Caliber .45.
After his honorable discharge from the US Army, he joined the US Navy, continuing to serve until his honorable discharge on 6 May 1949.
He was a life-member and past Commander (multiple) of VFW Post 4787, Whitestone, NY.
His family has requested PGR participation in his final honors; as we are likely to be the only honors he will receive, try to attend if you can.
Primary Staging Date: 05/14/2020
Primary Staging Time: 09:15
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Frederick Funeral Home
192-15 Northern Blvd
Auburndale, NY 11358
Lead Ride Captain: Wayne Cohen
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #: 5167299869
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 10 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Stage at funeral home for dignified transfer.
Escort to depart 9:30 - 9:45AM, stopping to 'pick up' family at home before procession to St. Mel Church.
Blessing at St. Mel's 10:15AM before continuing to St Mary's Cemetery, Flushing, NY.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 05/14/2020
Second Staging Time: 10:00
Second Stage - AM or PM: am
Second Location: St Mel's RC Church
26-15 154th St
Flushing, NY 11354
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Second Stage - Special Information: Stage with flag line for arrival of procession.
Is there a Third Stage to this Mission? yes
Third Staging Date: 05/14/2020
Third Staging Time: 10:30
Third Stage - AM or PM: am
Third Location: St Mary Cemetery
164-15 Booth Memorial Ave
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
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Third Stage - Special Information: Stage at gate to form flag line for arrival of procession.
Motorcycle escort will pass through gate and pull over inside cemetery, quickly form up for orders to attention and present arms as procession passes.
Mission complete.
Submitted by: Wayne Cohen - SRC Region 8
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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