Authorities said a U.S. Marine from Richmond, Ky., drowned after being caught in a riptide off North Topsail Beach on the North Carolina coast.
Lance Corporal James Thomas Bullen was found within 10 feet of the shore after he went missing.
Bullen was with the Weapons Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune.
A Marine spokesman said Bullen was with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit that helped evacuate Americans from Lebanon last year.
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