Long Island Community Renames Street In Honor Of Fallen WW2 Hero

Sophia Hall
November 11, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Anton Tony Bugala

Handout courtesy of Peter Bugala

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EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — An East Patchogue soldier who died in World War II was honored by his hometown recently when the community renamed a street after him.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, North Dunton Avenue in the Long Island neighborhood was renamed after fallen Marine Anton Tony Bugala – who died in September 1942 in a WWII battle.

His nephew, Peter Bugala, said his family was honored to see his legacy live on.

“He had a very, very short, brief life. But, the stories that the family told about him, that I remember from my dad and my aunts, was that he was very tall, he was handsome and he had a great personality.”

He says there were nine children in the family, including his uncle and his father.

Bugala says his father made it a mission to preserve his brother’s memory after his death.

“My father kept everything that was related to his brother and he told me, ‘When I got my brothers stuff, that’s when I became a historian because I wanted to figure out what happened to my brother,’” said Bugala.

The street renaming ceremony took place on Thursday, Nov. 7, just four days before Veterans’ Day.