On Jan. 28, 2020, four Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for their actions in June 2018, when they rescued a family that had been caught in a dangerous rip current. (U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. William L. Holdaway)

In June, 2018, when a group of Marines noticed a family was being swept along by a powerful rip current at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina they immediately swam out to save them. Now, more than a year later, those Marines have been recognized for their actions.

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The suspect in the death of 21-year-old U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Wallingford, who was fatally shot in the barracks of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort more than nine months ago, was found guilty in military court of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month and sentenced to more than five years.

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Purple Heart Medals are displayed during a Purple Heart ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 21, 2019. (Marine Corps photo/Cpl. Ana S. Madrigal)

Ronald Botch didn't want to talk about the war when he returned five decades ago from Vietnam, where he suffered a broken pelvis and nerve damage to his leg.

With the conflict dragging on and no end in sight in 1968, the war had become deeply unpopular and inspired protests across the country. Many soldiers, like Botch, didn't feel welcome when they returned home.

"They were protesting and calling us baby killers and stuff like that," the Salisbury Township resident said Monday.

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Lance Cpl. Matthew Ryan Adams was killed in a car crash last week when he collided with a pickup truck whose driver was fleeing police. (Marine Corps photo)

A Camp Pendleton Marine who was struck and killed on a Carlsbad freeway in a wrong-way, head-on crash with a pickup whose driver who had just fled from police was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office on Wednesday as a 19-year-old Utah man.

Matthew Ryan Adams was headed north in the fast lane Interstate 5 near the Las Flores overpass when his silver Pontiac Grand Prix was struck by a black Ford F-150 pickup truck speeding south in the wrong direction.

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A U.S. Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa 19.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, braces for takeoff on a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey, June 28, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Margaret Gale)

Roughly 100 Marines are headed to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad to reinforce security following Tuesday's attack by Iranian proxies, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks with Marine Jason Perkins after he sang the National Anthem during a campaign stop Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

Editor's note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

As a final, intensive year of campaigning begins ahead of the 2020 presidential election, the Marine Corps has issued a new message to troops making clear what's off-limits to them in terms of political activity -- particularly on social media.

The message, released this month, reiterates past guidance: Marines can vote and verbally express political opinions, but cannot use their uniform to suggest military endorsement. But it expands on historically grey areas that have gotten troops into trouble.

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