RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North served 22 years in the Marine Corps, receiving the Silver Star for combat service during the Vietnam War, along with the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. President Ronald Reagan described him as "an American hero."
North, however, told motorcycle enthusiasts at the 2009 Rally to Ridgecrest that he met Jesus Christ in 1978 "after a life of self-centeredness, thinking I was God's gift to the Marine Corps and that all the medals and accolades made me a greater man."
North, now a best-selling author, syndicated columnist and host of "War Stories With Oliver North" on the Fox News Channel, recounted how, when he was a cocky Marine officer, his commanding officer, Lt. Col. John Southy Grinalds, modeled for him the servant leadership of Christ. And Grinalds challenged North to examine the Scriptures, which led to his conversion.
"I would not know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior if I hadn't had someone intentionally share with me," North told 600-plus attendees at the motorcycle rally held over Memorial Day weekend at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More