Town Celebrates Slain Soldier

April 22, 2006 - Posted at 12:38 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ More than 200 family and friends attended

funeral services yesterday for soldier James Costello the third.

The private first class was killed earlier this month in Iraq.

Costello had been in Iraq about four months with his cavalry

regiment when an improvised explosive device detonated April

eleventh near his Bradley fighting vehicle. The 27-year-old and two

other soldiers were killed after coming under small-arms fire.

He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The oldest of three children, Costello was a 1996 graduate of

Oakville Senior High School and played four years on the school's

hockey team. He spent several years working for the U-S Postal

Service. He joined the military in 2004.

His grandfather and great-grandfather had served in the cavalry.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)