Samuel Joseph Costello, 87, career Army officer

January 30, 2003

Samuel Joseph Costello, 87, career Army officer

Samuel Joseph Costello, a retired career Army officer and intelligence analyst, died of heart failure Monday at the Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. He was 87.

A longtime Rosedale resident for many years, he was born and raised in Mount Carmel, Pa., where he graduated from high school.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific. During the Korean War, he commanded a field artillery unit and was awarded the Bronze Star. During the mid-1950s, he was an adviser to the Turkish army, and later was assigned to Dachau, Germany, where one of his recruits was Elvis Presley.

In 1961, Colonel Costello was assigned to Fort Holabird in Baltimore as combat director of the Army's Intelligence Division. He later returned to Korea as deputy commander of the 4th Army Missile Brigade.

At his 1967 retirement as a lieutenant colonel, he was serving at Fort Meade as commander of special troops.

From 1969 until 1977, Colonel Costello was a civilian employee, working as an Army intelligence analyst in Washington.

For many years, Colonel Costello coached baseball for the Rosedale Recreation Council. He also was an avid sports fan.

"If there was a ping-pong match on TV, he'd watch it," said his son Jamie Costello, a WMAR-TV reporter and Towson resident.

Colonel Costello was married during the 1940s to Blanche McAndrew, who died in 1996.

He was a communicant of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Roman Catholic Church in Rosedale.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at Oak Crest Village, 8810 Walther Blvd.

Colonel Costello is also survived by another son, John P. Costello of Clifton, Va.; four brothers, John Costello of Baltimore, Philip Costello of Mount Carmel, Joseph Costello of Lancaster, Pa., and Buddy Costello of Pleasanton, Calif.; two sisters, Rose Hynoski and Mary Costello, both of Mount Carmel; and four grandchildren.

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