Col. Oliver North is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Marines with more than 50 years of service devoted to the military. Since his time on the National Security Council during President Ronald Reagan’s administration, North has gone on to work as a Fox News contributor and New York Times best-selling author. His newest book, “American Heroes: On the Homefront,” chronicles firsthand accounts of American soldiers and their journeys from the battlefield to back home. North will be holding a signing for his book Thursday at Flyleaf Books.
North spoke with staff writer Robert McNeely about the inspiration for his book and the men and women he wrote about.
Daily Tar Heel: What makes a person a hero in your eyes?
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Time: Today, 7 p.m.
Location: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Oliver North: The definition of a hero is not someone who catches the pass at an end zone or wears the spandex suit in the comic book, but rather a hero by definition is a person who puts him- or herself at risk for the benefit of others. That defines who a hero is, and it certainly defines those who I’ve covered in this war, those that I had the great privilege of serving with in Vietnam and my dad, who was a hero in World War II and Korea.
DTH: You’ve devoted over 50 years of your life to the U.S. military. In what ways has the military changed, and how do you view the armed services today?