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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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Daughtry's life is one full of stories

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video He's the former owner of Daughtry's Old Books downtown, and Dick Daughtry has quite the story of his own, from serving in World War II to running marathons at age 91. Full story...
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Wilmington men among first black Marines honored with Congressional Gold Medal

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video A handful of retired Marines from Wilmington will be honored in Washington, DC, tomorrow with the Congressional Gold Medal. The men being recognized by President Obama are the first ever African-American Marines. Full story...
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Marine lance corporal killed in Afghanistan

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Military officials say a Marine lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune has died in Afghanistan. Full story...
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WWII vet gets back lost service medals

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A 90-year-old veteran finally has back his service medals earned in World War II. Rep. Mike McIntyre worked with the national personnel records center and to replace the lost medals for Leroy Pierson of Bladen County. Full story...
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Greensboro sailor killed in combat

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Military officials say a sailor from Greensboro has been killed in Afghanistan. Full story...
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Sunny Point commander responds to questions about physical tests

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As we told you yesterday, some workers at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County are worried about their jobs. The disabled veterans, who serve as security guards, say they'll be let go because they won't be able to pass newly enforced physical agility tests. Today, Sunny Point commander Col. Joseph Calisto responded to our report Full story...
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Disabled veterans worried about jobs at Sunny Point

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video A group of disabled veterans is worried about keeping their jobs at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point. The vets serve as guards at the munitions depot, but newly enforced regulations mean they will soon have to take a physical test. Full story...
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The bell tolls for Wilmington service people not coming home

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video The true meaning of Memorial Day was felt at the Wilmington National Cemetery Monday morning, where veterans gathered with local citizens to pay their respects to the growing number of service people who will not be coming home. Full story...
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Ceremony honors sacrifice of Merchant Marines in WWII

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A wreath and flowers were tossed into the Cape Fear River today in remembrance of the Merchant Marines who served during World War II. Full story...
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Third-grader's walk-a-thon raised $600 for injured Marines

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A third grader and his friends gave more than $600 to help wounded veterans today. Jake Sullivan organized a walk-a-thon for the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured and ill Marines. The nine-year-old and three of his friends walked a track around the playground to raise the money. Full story...
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