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  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Ollie North Wins Legion Award, Poses for Photo with NY Legionnaires

    Oliver North

    Oliver North

    CHARLOTTE, NC – The nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization honored Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), with its highest public relations award during its 96th national convention here April 26. Among those congratulating the host of Fox News’ “War Stories” were two Legionnaires from New York’s Columbia County. In fact, North took a moment to pose for a picture with New York Legionnaires Jeff French and his friend, Richard Morris — as North had been French’s scoutmaster.

    The author of several books about military men and women at war, North was presented the National Commander’s Public Relations Award for “raising public awareness about the honorable nature of military service and the sacrifices made by America’s heroes.”

    The citation read, “As a career Marine Corps officer, you excelled as a platoon commander in Vietnam, where you earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with combat “V”, two Purple Hearts, and a Combat Action Ribbon. As host of the documentary series “War Stories with Oliver North,” you provided riveting reports of the actions, heroism and valor repeatedly demonstrated on the battlefield by those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. military. Your best-selling books have also contributed to honoring those who have served this nation. Your charitable efforts for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund have reminded us of the need to support the families of those who have served.”

    North, a long time member of The American Legion, received the award from National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger in front of thousands of delegates at the Charlotte Convention Center.

    Past recipients of The American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award include the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert, entertainer Ben Stein, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, television commentator Lou Dobbs, and the GI Film Festival.

    Col. Oliver North with NY Legionnaires

    Lt. Col. Oliver North poses for photo with New York Legionnaires Jeff French (left) and Richard Morris.