CASPER, Wyo. — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming announced on Wednesday, April 17 that Colonel Oliver North will be the featured speaker at their Aug. 28 BGCCW Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast.
The Boys and Girls Clubs’ press release refers to North as a “decorated military hero.”
“Colonel North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, serving in pivotal missions in American history,” the release states. “He played a key role in the release of American hostages in Lebanon in the 1980’s under President Ronald Reagan.”
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North served as a United States Marine for 22 years after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, according to the release.
“His combat awards include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action,” the release continues. “From 1983-86, he served as the counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council and helped plan the rescue of U.S. students on Grenada, the rescue of American hostages, and the raids on Muammar Gadhafi’s terror bases.”
North has authored “17 best-selling books” and co-founded Freedom Alliance to help serve wounded American military personnel and their families, the Boys and Girls Clubs added.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943. He has four children and 17 grandchildren. The Boys and Girls Clubs’ release says that North and his wife Betsy recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Boys and Girls Clubs’ 21st Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast will take place Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Casper Events Center. The release adds that Casper’s Phil and Jody Schmidt are this year’s honorees.
Tables for the breakfast can be reserved beginning in March, the release concludes.