America's Foremost Advocate for the Nation's Military, and host of Fox News' “War Stories”
Oliver North Bio
Oliver North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, #1 best-selling author, founder of
a small business & holder of three U.S. patents. For 17 years he was a syndicated
columnist and host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel. In May 2018, he
retired from Fox News to serve as the 66 th president of the National Rifle
Association of America.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943, graduated from the U.S. Naval
Academy in 1968 and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. His combat awards
include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds
From 1983-86 he served as counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security
Council staff. He helped plan the rescue of U.S. students on Grenada, the rescue of
American hostages, the capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers and the raids on
Muammar Gadhafi's terror bases; after which he was targeted for assassination by
Abu Nidal's Islamic Jidhad. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an
North has authored 17 best-selling books and is co-founder of Freedom Alliance,
an organization serving wounded U.S. Military personnel and their families. He is
widely acclaimed for award-winning Fox News coverage of more than 60 U.S.
units in combat and his Freedom Alliance college "Hero Scholarships" for children
of service members killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Yet, he says
his greatest achievement is being, "the God-fearing husband of one, father of four
and grandfather of seventeen."
He and his wife Betsy live in Virginia. In November 2018, they celebrated their
50 th anniversary.