The retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel is combat-decorated, No.1 best-selling author, founder of a small business and holder of three U.S. patents. For 17 years, he was a syndicated columnist and host of “War Stories” on Fox News. In May 2018, North retired from Fox to serve as the 66thpresident of the NRA.
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 in Action.
From 1983 to 1986, he served as a counter-terrorism coordinator on the NSC staff. He helped plan the rescue of the U.S. students on Grenada, the capture of the Achille Lauro hijackers and the raid on Muammar Gadhafi’s terror bases; after which he was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal. President Ronald Reagan described him as “an American hero.”
North has been acclaimed for award-winning coverage of U.S. military units in the War on Terror and his Freedom Alliance College “Heroes Scholarships” for children of service members killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Yet, he says his greatest achievement is being “husband of one, father of four and grandfather of 17.”
North and his wife, Betsy, live in Virginia and will celebrate their 50th
anniversary this year.