Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. James F. Costello III

27, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Costello died of injuries sustained in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle and subsequently came under small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 11, 2006.

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"Jamie & Marie
We miss you this Christmas Eve, the kids and I are lighting candles for you."
k of st. louis

"Happy 4th of July Jamie. We will never forget the sacrifaces you and our Military make everyday for us... God Bless America"
k of st, louis

"September 8, 2008
Even two plus years afterwards it is still hard to swallow. Jamie as you already know we miss you dearly, more and more as every day passes by. I cheerish the day that I will shake your hand again and promise that you will never be forgotten. I know that you are looking down on us every day and am very grateful for your unselfishness. Jamie thank you for making the world such a better place."
sm of saint louis, mo

"Even two plus years afterwards it is still hard to swallow. Jamie as you already know we miss you dearly, more and more as every day passes by. I cheerish the day that I will shake your hand again and promise that you will never be forgotten. I know that you are looking down on us every day and am very grateful for your unselfishness. Jamie thank you for making the world such a better place."
sm of saint louis, mo

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Spc. James F. Costello, III:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Dear Family of James Costello III:
To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afhanistan and their families, the professional artists of the "Grateful Hearts project" are offering to paint a protrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information,please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

The Artists of Grateful hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Happy Birthday Jamie...I know you are in Heaven smiling down! God Bless you!"
k-stl of st. louis

"To the Family and friends of James Costello:
It is Memorial day 2007 as I write this. I did not know of James and his story but I was inspired to learn more of this fallen hero. This past Sunday at our church First Baptist Orlando we remembered those that had fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan by placing flags with the names of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this nation. It was James' flag that I carried and had the privilege to pray for his family and friends. I will never forget James' sacrifice to protect and keep me and my family free. May God Bless you for He who gave His Son Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for our forgiveness knows your loss"
Emily Peters age: 16 of Orlando, Florida

"The cardinal flew in front of me on my birthday... I knew it was you. Thanks for not forgetting... Your friend"
k-stl of st. louis

"I can't believe one year. Thank you for always being a friend. I miss you terribly.. As always you and your family are in my prayers. You will always be our HERO! Love and miss you"
K of St. Louis

"Hard to believe one whole year has passed, my cousin. You are so missed every day...missed, but never, ever, ever forgotten."
s of oakville, mo.

"Our dearest son, it is one year now, but it seems like yesterday! I pray you are enjoying a reunion with all our family members. Jamie, we miss you so much! Please come and visit more often! You are forever, our hero!"
Mom of St Louis, MO

"There are many we call hero. This soldier is certainly one of them. He freely gave of himself for the freedom we all share.

Today, I talked with the father of this fallen soldier. He too is a hero. He told me of his son, and how he wanted to serve in the Calvary (as did his grandfather). This family is rich in service to our country, thank you!

God Bless you always! There is life and death, and there is life after death. There must be a wonderful reunion going on between grandfather and grandson.

My own son is graduating college this year. I was talking with this hero father about my plans to move my son to Washington. D.C. after his graduation. He never mentioned his own son until after I noticed the soldiers picture on his desk and asked about it. Then I heard the sad story of what happened.

Quietly, this man goes about his daily life, and carries this heavy heart. He and his family, with their son, are true hero's."
T. Cassady of Freeburg, Illinois

"To the family of:James F. Costello 111 I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

You will always be in my heart forever. I can feel that you watch out for us. You are deeply missed. All I do is look at my refrig and there you are smiling like always. Post office in Oakville has wonderful pic of you and it is always nice to walk in there and see how many people you touched! Thanks for the signs all around us.. they are special gifts that you give.....You know who!!!! k"
k of st. louis, mo

"Jame, you were so much with us during this Holiday season. We missed you in person, but felt you in Spirit! Thank you for the Cardinal you sent on the 23rd. You are forever emblazened in our minds and souls! Merry Christmas and Happy 2007. Keep visiting!! Love, Mom"
Marie Costello of St Louis, MO

"Jamie, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Your grave looks beautiful all decked with holiday decorations. I love you and talk about you often. Tell Devon we miss him too."
Your Old friend of Saint Louis


"Jamie, I thank you for our freedom, but I would much rather have you here with us. I love and miss you. We are all still remembering you and will forever grieve."
Old Friend of St. Louis, MO

"To the family and friends of Jamie Costello, My prayers are with you. We are so grateful that brave men like Jamie are willing to give their all for our freedoms. We will not forget and will be forever thankful for your sacrifice."
Grant Smith of Bryn Athyn, PA/USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, James will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you James Costello III, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. James Costello III:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless James for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. James Costello III:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of James, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on