Oliver North

Recipient of the Purple Heart Medal
Born Oct 7, 1943

Oliver Laurence North is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, political commentator, television host, military historian, and New York Times best-selling author. He is currently the host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel. North was at the center of national attention during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Oliver North.


1943 Birth North was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 7, 1943. … Read More


1961 17 Years Old He grew up in Philmont, New York, and graduated from Ockawamick Central High School in 1961. … Read More
1963 19 Years Old While at Brockport, North spent a summer at the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1963.


1967 23 Years Old In 1967, North married Betsy Stuart; they have four children. … Read More
1968 24 Years Old He received his commission as second lieutenant in 1968 (he missed a year due to injuries from an auto accident). … Read More
1970 26 Years Old In 1970, North returned to South Vietnam to testify at the trial of LCpl Randy Herrod, a U.S. Marine formerly under his command who had been charged with the mass killing of Vietnamese civilians.
1971 27 Years Old North was promoted to captain in 1971 and served as the commanding officer of the U.S. Marine Corps' Northern Training Area in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. … Read More


1981 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He attended the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated in 1981.
1983 39 Years Old In 1983, North received his promotion to lieutenant colonel, which would be his last. During his tenure at the NSC, North managed a number of missions. This included leading the hunt for those responsible for the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 299 American and French military personnel, an effort that saw North arranging a midair interception of an EgyptAir jet carrying those responsible for the Achille Lauro hijacking.


While also at the NSC, he helped plan the U.S. invasion of Grenada and the 1986 Bombing of Libya.
1987 43 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 11, 1987, the FBI detected an attack on North's family from the Peoples Committee for Libyan Students, a sleeper cell for the Islamic Jihad, with an order to kill North. … Read More
1988 44 Years Old North was tried in 1988.
1989 45 Years Old 1 More Event
He was indicted on 16 felony counts, and on May 4, 1989, he was initially convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and ordering the destruction of documents through his secretary, Fawn Hall.
1990 46 Years Old 1 More Event
During his trial, North spent his last two years on active duty assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. He resigned his Marine Corps commission in 1990 following his indictment for conspiring to defraud the United States by channeling the profits from US arms sales to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. … Read More
1991 47 Years Old After further hearings on the immunity issue, Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, 1991. … Read More


1994 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1994 election, North unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate as the Republican Party candidate in Virginia. … Read More
1995 51 Years Old …  From 1995 to 2003, he was host of his own nationally syndicated radio program known as the Oliver North Radio Show or Common Sense Radio.
1999 55 Years Old He also served as co-host of Equal Time on MSNBC for a couple of years starting in 1999. … Read More


2012 68 Years Old North was credited as a military consultant in the 2012 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II and voiced himself in one level of the game.
2014 70 Years Old In 2014 he received story credit for an episode of the TV series The Americans where the protagonist Soviet spies infiltrate a Contra training base in the United States. … Read More
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