New Jersey Marine Killed In Afghanistan Two Weeks Before Returning Home

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

New Jersey Marine Killed In Afghanistan Two Weeks Before Returning Home
" WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Just two weeks before he was supposed to return home, a New Jersey Marine has been killed in Afghanistan.

Friends say Staff Sgt. Joseph D’Augustine, of Waldwick, grew up wanting to be a US Marine, and in the end, it was a dream that he died for.

“It’s a hell of a thing, you know, it hurts,” neighbor Anthony Scicchitano told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

Scicchitano watched from his house across the street as decorated military officers delivered the devastating news to D’Augustine’s mother on Tuesday, Brown reported.

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reports

“After they left I went across the street and said, ‘Patti, it can’t be’ and she said, ‘I lost my son,’” Scicchitano said.

D’Augustine, who graduated from Waldwick High School in 2001, was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group stationed out of Camp Lejune.

The 29-year-old was a specialist trained to dismantle bombs and land mines.

“That’s what took Joey’s life; he was diffusing a bomb,” Scicchitano said "

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