Black and white photograph of Oliver North between blue and red text over American flag background.
Oliver Laurence "Ollie" North (1943-) is a former lieutenant colonel of the United States Marine Corps. Currently he is a political commentator, military historian, television host, and best-selling author. At the time of this button's manufacture, 1987, North's reputation was severely under fire for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. The incident involved the use of proceeds of a sale of arms to Iran to fund the initiatives of counter-revolutionaries against the Sandinistas in Central America. North was dismissed from the U.S. military by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and convicted of 3 felony counts in 1989 but had his convictions vacated in 1990. He began his career as a television and print personality in 1991.