Oliver North (born in 1943) is an American Marine lieutenant colonel.
In 1981 he was inducted into the National Security Council (NSC), where he supervised the mining of Nicaraguan harbours in 1983, an air-force bornbing raid on Libya in 1986, and an arms-for-hostages deal with Iran in 1985 which, when uncovered in 1986 (Irangate), forced his dismissal and conviction on charges of obstructing Congress, mutilating government documents, and taking an illegal gratuity; he was fined $150,000.
He was born into a San Antonio, Texas, miliary family, and was a graduate of the US Naval College, Annapolis.
He led a counter-insurgency Marine platoon in the Vietnam War (1968-1969), winning a Silver Star and Purple Heart before returning home wounded. After working as a Marine instructor, as well as participating in a number of overseas secret missions, he became the NSC deputy director for political military affairs.
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Oliver North is a former Marine Corps officer and political commentator.