Marine from New Jersey killed in Afghanistan

March 29, 2012 2:48:41 PM PDT
A New Jersey Marine based in North Carolina has died in combat in Afghanistan nearly two weeks before he was due to come home.

The Defense Department says Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine died in the Helmand province.

The 29-year-old from Waldwick, N.J., 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.

A sister, Michele Kulesa of Mahwah, tells The Record newspaper her brother was due to come home in 15 days to attend the May wedding of another sister.

D'Augustine graduated from Waldwick High School in 2001. He wrestled and played football in high school.

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