25 Years Later

On May 8, 1991, my neighbors, Joseph (12) and John (11) Augustine died in a car accident on the corner of Route. 29 and Crestmoor Drive.

I didn’t find out until I got home from school when I got a phone call from a local reporter who asked me for a comment. It was the first I had heard of it and needless to say, I was upset. (Years later, I learned of another death from a reporter who called me.)

Today, it’s been 25 years since it happened. Their parents still live in the house next to the one I grew up in, where my father still lives.

Here is the original Washington Post article.

Pvt. William Sumner

I’ve been scanning more family photos recently and came across many of my great uncle, William Sumner, who died in a plane crash during World War II, while on a training mission in Florida.

He was the middle brother, in between my grandfather Harry (died 2007) and my great Uncle Joe. Before the war, William was a pilot for Pan Am. He had a fiance. He died June 17, 1945, while my grandfather was fighting in Europe. My father was named after him.

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