NJ Town Honors Marine Killed in Afghanistan

The 29-year-old Marine died March 27 in the Helmand province, two weeks before he was due to come home for his sister's wedding

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:53 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
The 29-year-old Marine died March 27 in the Helmand province, two weeks before he was due to come home for his sister's wedding. Roseanne Colletti reports.

NBC New York

The 29-year-old Marine died March 27 in the Helmand province, two weeks before he was due to come home for his sister's wedding. Roseanne Colletti reports.

Photos and Videos

NJ Marine Killed 2 Weeks Before Due Home

Just two weeks before he was set to return home to New Jersey for his sister's wedding, Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine was killed in action in Afghanistan. Pat Battle reports.
More Photos and Videos

Police escorted the hearse carrying the body of a northern New Jersey Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan back to his hometown on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Waldwick residents lined the streets to honor Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine. The procession passed under an American flag held aloft by two fire department ladder trucks.

The 29-year-old died March 27 while trying to defuse a bomb in the Helmand province, two weeks before he was due to come home for his sister's wedding.

"He didn't have any brothers, he had three sisters," his father Anthony D'Augustine said Tuesday. "Once he joined the Marines, he had a lot of brothers. They all loved him."

"He was our prince and our hero in the family, and he's going to be so badly missed," he said.

D'Augustine graduated from Waldwick High School in 2001, where he wrestled and played football. Some former classmates wore jerseys with his name and number as they lined the streets.

D'Augustine was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit from the 8th Engineer Support Battalion of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, part of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Sign up for email newsletters here. Get breaking news delivered right to your phone -- just text NYBREAKING to 639710. For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
21st Century Solutions
The NBCUniversal Foundation is partnering... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out