|Marine, 23, mourned
in Cedar Knolls
Wednesday, October 4,
CEDAR KNOLLS -- The Cypress Drive neighborhood where Chris
Cosgrove grew up is lined with flags to honor the Marine who
was killed in Iraq on Sunday.
Neighbors say Cosgrove, a 23-year-old lance corporal, was
nearing the end of his tour of duty and was to come homethis
month. His mother, Charlene Bowie, was seen Saturday carrying
a welcome-home banner into the house, neighbors said.
"The word was that Chris was supposed to already be home,"
said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. "But the
soldiers that were replacing his unit got delayed in San
Diego, and so he had to stay in Iraq."
On Tuesday, a procession of family and friends came to
Cosgrove's home. Some brought flowers; others dropped notes in
the mailbox out front.
Upon learning of the tragedy, neighbor Sue Greene walked up
and down the neighborhood with her daughter Kim, putting
American flags on the lawns. Reached at the Morristown dry
cleaners where she works, Greene was modest.
"My daughter went to school with Chris," Greene said. "It's
just something we felt like doing. We didn't do it to draw
attention to ourselves."
Another neighbor, Justine Conte, noticed the American flag
in front of her mailbox Monday afternoon. She didn't know
Cosgrove, and knew nothing of his death. "I didn't know what
to make of the flag," she said. "I thought it was some kind of
federal holiday that I hadn't known about. This is really
Cosgrove was a reservist with G Company of the 2nd
Battalion, 25th Marines, attached to Picatinny Arsenal. A
Picatinny spokesperson had no information on Cosgrove's death,
and was awaiting an official release by the Marine Corps.
No funeral arrangements had been made as of Tuesday
Cosgrove was a 2001 graduate of Whippany Park High School,
where he played football and lacrosse and ran track. He
received a degree in history from Monmouth University in 2005.
He joined the Marine Reserve after college graduation and was
sent to Iraq in April for a seven-month tour.
He was the 61st member of the armed forces with New Jersey
ties to die in the Iraq war.