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Video (25:38): PHC President Dr. Graham Walker delivers the 2011 Baccalaureate speech.

2011 Commencement speaker: Oliver North

Lt. Col. Oliver North

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a U.S. Marine. His awards for service in combat include the silver star, the bronze star for valor and two purple hearts for wounds in action.
 
North was the United States’  counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.  After the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi’s terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, one of the world’s deadliest terrorists. President Ronald Reagan described him as “An American Hero.”
 
As a #1 New York Times bestselling author, North has penned thirteen books. His most recent bestseller, American Heroes in Special Operations, is based on his 21 extensive assignments covering U.S. military units engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines.  
 
North serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and is the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation that provides college scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action. He claims his most important accomplishment is to be “the husband of one, the father of four and the grandfather of twelve.”

 

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