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Diligence hardly listless as it takes break for maintenance

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The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a common sight along Wilmington's riverfront, but lately you may have noticed it a little askew. Full story...
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Military, families celebrate end of US troops in Iraq

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video The announcement that troops are coming home from Iraq by January 1 was great news for all Americans, especially those service members at North Carolina's National Guard. Full story...
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Wilmington soldier injured in Iraq honored with Purple Heart

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video It's an honor bestowed on very few. US Army Sgt. Jason Thigpen received the Purple Heart during a special ceremony Wednesday for his service in Iraq. Full story...
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Marines to allow troops to wear KIA bracelets

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The commandant of the Marine Corps is changing the rule that bans troops from wearing bracelets commemorating friends killed in action, settling a flap that has roiled some in the force. Full story...
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USMC cracks down on KIA bracelets

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video The KIA, or Killed In Action bracelets, are worn by Marines in honor of friends who died serving their country. But the Marine Corps does not allow jewelry, which has some Marines demanding an exception be made to the rule. Full story...
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Wounded Warrior ride stopped after accident

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A Wounded Warrior ride to Wilmington ended early today after one of the riders was involved in an accident with a car. Full story...
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Diligence home from mission in Caribbean

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Family and friends welcomed home the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this afternoon. The ship returned from a 45-day multi-mission patrol in the Caribbean. Full story...
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Battleship North Carolina: 50 Years in Wilmington

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video Fifty years ago Sunday, the Battleship North Carolina finished its long journey from New Jersey to Wilmington. It took great vision, lots of cash and some careful navigation to get "The Showboat" into the slip where she lives now. We celebrate the Battleship's history as a protector of democracy during World War II and then as one of the state's greatest tourist attractions in the WWAY NewsChannel 3 special Battleship North Carolina: 50 Years in Wilmington. Full story...
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Assistant DA trades in court for military duty

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video It is his last week in the District Attorney's Office. Soon Assistant DA Fred Gore will trade his suit and tie for fatigues. Gore is a captain in the National Guard. Next month he heads to training, and by the end of the year gore will ship out to Kuwait for 10 to 12 months. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Military solves mystery of drones washed up at area beaches

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video Folks at two area beaches had quite a surprise this morning. They found what turned out to be military target drones on the the beach. Full story...
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Lejeune Marines participate in Adrenalin Rush

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A new program will help Camp Lejeune Marines adjust to life at home after the stress of a combat zone with excursions such as whitewater rafting trips. Full story...
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New VA clinic will keep vets from long trips to doctor

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videoIt has been a project more than six years in the making. Today a ground breaking was held to mark the start of construction on a new Veteran Affairs super clinic in Wilmington. Full story...
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Church honors emergency workers, military as 9/11 anniversary nears

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As the 10th anniversary approaches, St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington took time to pay tribute to the folks who risk their lives to keep us safe. The special recognition mass honored and remembered local law enforcement and members of the military. Full story...
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Irene has NC military ready to move jets, events

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At Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps spokesman Nat Fahy says a ceremony opening a new battle training center is being delayed because of Hurricane Irene. Fahy says it is unclear when the ceremony will be held. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Coups for Troops helps turn expired coupons into savings for military families

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video Do you have any expired coupons laying around? If you do, then put them to good use by helping out our troops and their families. Full story...
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