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StarNews Sunday Preview: Family learns veteran's long-kept secret

There are more than 23 million American Veterans living today, but you may be surprised how many never speak of their service, especially in WWII. In Sunday's StarNews you can read the story of a prisoner of war that even his family did not know for a long time. Ashley Jacobs gets a preview from Jim Ware of the StarNews.

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Perdue signs work licensing bill to help military

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Gov. Bev Perdue has signed a bill to help people connected to the military receive state occupational licenses to perform specialized work in North Carolina. Full story...
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NY Chinese-Americans decry soldier's death

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Chinese-Americans in New York are decrying the suicide of a soldier who allegedly was hazed because of his ethnicity. Full story...
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Wilmington honors Montford Point Marines

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The Wilmington Commission on African-American History will host a reception before tonight's City Council meeting to honor the Wilmington Chapter of the Montford Point Marines. The reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Marine Corps Osprey makes emergency landing at ILM

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A V-22 Osprey from Marine Corps Air Station New River had to make an emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport this afternoon. Full story...
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Veteran's family reunited with long-lost dogtags

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videoA piece of military and personal history is back in the hands of a veteran's family. Nearly half a century after he lost them in Vietnam, Richard Wiler's family now has their dad's dog tags back. Full story...
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NC National Guard troops welcomed home on holiday

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More than 100 North Carolina National Guard members are returning home on Independence Day to reunite with their family members after being separated for a year. Full story...
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Soldier drowns after car crashes in Jordan Lake

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A soldier drowned early Wednesday morning after his car was found in Jordan Lake, according to authorities. Full story...
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Flags lowered to honor NC-based crew in wildfire plane crash

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Flags at state buildings across North Carolina were lowered today in honor of the Charlotte-based crew of an Air National Guard plane that crashed over the weekend. Full story...
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Funeral set for officer shot at Fort Bragg

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Funeral services have been set in Texas for a battlefield surveillance unit leader killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Full story...
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Coast Guard features Oak Island officer as 'Shipmate of the Week'

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The US Coast Guard is featuring an officer stationed at Oak Island as the "Shipmate of the Week" in its official blog. The story says Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Coker is a skilled engineer, and does whatever it takes to make sure his unit is prepared for anything. Full story...
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NC aircraft goes down while fighting SD wildfire

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An Air National Guard cargo plane based out of North Carolina has crashed while fighting wildfires in South Dakota. Lt. Col. Rose Dunlap of the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte confirmed Monday that six crew members were aboard the C-130, but said she could not yet provide any information about their condition. Full story...
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Wilmington veteran disappointed, not surprised Stolen Valor Act struck down

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video Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act in 2006 to protect the reputation and meaning of military honors. The Supreme Court, though, said the First Amendment defends a person's right to lie, even if they are lying about awards won through military service. Full story...
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Montford Point Marines receive nation's highest civilian honor

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videoDecades after Montford Point at Camp Lejeune closed its doors, hundreds of black Marines who trained there received a major recognition Wednesday. After more than 60 years, about 400 Marines were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC, and a handful of those are from right here in the Port City. Full story...
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