Community Pays Tribute To Fallen Waldwick Marine Killed In Afghanistan

WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of Waldwick residents lined the streets Tuesday as police escorted the body of a fallen Marine back to his hometown of Waldwick, New Jersey.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

A giant American flag was raised over a street in Waldwick in honor of Staff Sgt. Joseph D’Augustine, who was killed in Afghanistan on March 27 just two weeks before he was due to come home for his sister’s wedding.

“They’ve come from all over the country to pay their respects. He was our hero, our prince. He’s going to be badly missed,” said Tony D’Augustine, the Marine’s father.

“It’s so sad,” one woman told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan. “I don’t know him, but I feel like I know him.”

“We’re here to pay homage to the sergeant coming back from Afghanistan who was killed,” said another man. “It’s the least we can do.”

D’Augustine was a graduate of Waldwick High School. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group stationed out of Camp Lejune.

“Whether you knew him or not, you’re just devastated by the loss you feel for his family,” another resident told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “This is what we do in Waldwick. We come together.”

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reports

“We’re very proud that he came from our town,” said one resident.

The 29-year-old was a specialist trained to dismantle bombs and land mines. He was on his fourth tour of duty overseas, his second in Afghanistan.

“He’s home. I feel terrible to his family.  He’s with the Lord now,” said Rae Muller of Waldwick.

“He was honorable, tough, kind, but had a big heart.  Compassionate, his family loved him,” D’Augustine said.

“I just want to say goodbye to my good friend Joe,” Paul Scanlon, who went to high school with D’Augustine, told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman. “He was a mentor to anybody. He was the kind of person who you really can’t say anything negative about. I can’t think of any negative qualities about him.”

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Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine (credit: Handout via CBS 2)

His funeral services are planned for Wednesday morning at St. Luke’s Church on Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of D’Augustine to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation or the Semper Fi Fund.

“I’m so proud of what Joe did,” said Christine Dummer of Waldwick.

“I know my son is in Heaven. We’re strong believers in God,” said D’Augustine.

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  1. Bullett says:

    The turnout by the residents of Waldwick to pay respects to fallen Marine SSgt. D’Augustine, was very touching for someone who asked for very little but for one who gave his all upon the alter of freedom. Semper Fi Marine. (Navy Vet 61-66)

  2. Bullett says:

    The turnout by the residents of Waldwick to pay respects to fallen Marine SSgt. D’Augustine, was very touching for someone who asked for very little but for one who gave his all upon the alter of freedom. Semper Fi Marine. (Navy vey 61-66)

  3. Lieut Dan's Aunt says:

    thank you ssgt d’augustine for your service to your country. another of our best and brightest taken from those who knew and loved him far too early. so many tears shed, so many dreams unrealized. now you belong to the ages. stand at ease and rest in peace marine. you join so many comrades of the past, stand watch over those who continue to serve in harm’s way. as the aunt of an army ranger who served 2 iraq tours, my deepest condolences to all who grieve your loss.

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