In Memory of
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Madison, South Dakota
Lake County

December 22, 1928 – October 27, 1951
Died in a Car Accident near Fredericktown, Missouri


Eugene Brian Costlow was born on December 22, 1928, to Earl and Alice Costlow at Madison, South Dakota. His father died in 1932. Eugene had three brothers: Ralph Costlow, James Flathers, and Ross Flathers. He was raised and educated in the Madison area, graduating from Central High School in 1948. He was also a member of the National Guard. Before he was called to active duty, he was a foreman in a construction crew working on Fort Randall Dam in Pickstown. On September 4, 1949, Eugene married LeAnn Hallenbeck at Madison.

On December 27, 1950, Eugene Costlow was activated with his National Guard unit at Worthington, Minnesota. His wife and he were stationed at Camp Rucker in Alabama where he had “completed a course in hand-to-hand combat and was an instructor of that course” at the camp.

Coming home for a leave from Camp Rucker, Staff Sergeant Eugene Brian Costlow, his wife, and several others from Worthington, Minnesota, were involved in a car accident near Fredericktown, Missouri on October 27, 1951, while conditions were foggy. S/Sgt. Costlow was the only casualty of the accident. His brother, Ross “Rusty” Flathers, accompanied back to South Dakota the body of his brother. Eugene was buried with military honors at Franklin Cemetery in Madison.

He had been in the service about ten months and was only 22 years old.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and the Madison Daily Leader, October 29 & 30, 1951, and November 1, 1951, issues. No family contact made.