Oliver L. North is a combat decorated Marine, #1 NYT best-selling author, small business founder, inventor with multiple U.S. patents, columnist, and the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel. Yet, he claims his most important accomplishment is to be the husband of one, the father of four and the grandfather of thirteen.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the silver star, the bronze star for valor and two purple hearts for wounds in combat.
Assigned to the National Security Council Staff in the Reagan administration, Lieutenant Colonel North was the United States government's counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the Island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After assisting with plans for the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for...