Oliver North was born on October 7, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas. He trained at theUnited States Naval Academyin Annapolis. During the Vietnam War, he headed a marine platoon and wona Silver Star and a Purple Heart. In 1981, President Reagan named him deputy-director of the National Security Council.
He prepared at theUnited States Naval Academyin Annapolis, and duringthe Vietnam War led a counterinsurgency marines platoon, winning a Silver Star and Purple Heart. Made a deputy-director of the National Security Council by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, he played a vital part in some contentious military and security activities.
Implicated in the Irangate scandal, calling for the supply of arms to Iran in exchange for U.S. hostages and the business of a secret slush fund to help the Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua, North was compelled to step down in 1986. Found guilty on three of 12 charges arising in the relationship, he was given a three-year suspended jail sentence, ordered to do community service and fined $150,000. North afterwards headed a political action group, VPAC, and gave radio broadcasts. In 1991, he released the memoirUnder Fire: An American Story.
He’s gone to function as an on air character for Fox News, helming the program War Stories, which premiered in 2001. North has also coauthored several novels, including 2014’s thriller Counterfeit Lies, and served as an episode advisor for the FX TV play The Americans, among other jobs.