(DoD photo)

Eleven men have been assaulted near bars in Wilmington, North Carolina, prompting police to warn those who go out drinking late at night.

The men, including seven members of the military, were attacked in downtown Wilmington in eastern North Carolina around the time bars closed for the night, the city's police department said Wednesday in a Facebook post.

"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials say.

The attacked servicemen were in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, WITN reports.

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A local Marine died early Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash.

Staff Sgt. Michael R. VanVliet, 36, of Hubert died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:20 a.m. on U.S. 258 near Jacksonville, according to the Highway Patrol.

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Akram Abdel-Aziz

A Wilson, North Carolina man will spend the next four years in federal prison for distributing a synthetic cannabinoid that led to illness and hospitalizations.

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Andrew Christian Gray (Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

Two people, including a U.S. Marine Corps member, were arrested over the weekend and accused of distributing drugs to service members and civilians in North Carolina.

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(U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons)

It arrived overnight and disappeared just as fast.

That's how historians have described North Carolina's Laurinburg-Maxton air base, a hub for military training during World War II. The vast majority of the United States' glider pilots were trained there, including the forces who played an unsung role in the D-Day invasion 75 years ago.

About 500 glider planes were used in the invasion, and 312 of those were from the United States. Of this number, almost all of them trained at Laurinburg-Maxton, about 90 miles east of Charlotte, said Frank Blazich, lead curator of military history at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

But despite the important role gliders played in transporting men and equipment, the base's contributions have been largely forgotten.

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(Wikimedia Commons/Olga Ernst)

A gruesome shark attack on a North Carolina teenager on Sunday could have turned fatal had it not been for the furious fists of her Marine vet father.

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