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32 years later, Ollie North reunited with his Marine sword
The Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2012 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 05/29/2012 4:33:53 PM PDT by jazusamo

Second Honeymoon. The sword Oliver North used to cut his wedding cake with wife Betsy has been returned after it went missing for 32 years.

It’s the simplest of weapons, but for retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, the dress sword presented to him at his 1968 Naval Academy graduation symbolized the complexity of the life he was entering.

North’s treasured sword was part of his Marine Corps uniform that demonstrated his commitment to fight in the Vietnam War, this year logging its 50th anniversary, where he would earn the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He used it to cut his wedding cake with with bride Betsy. And he drew it at ceremonies and weddings for fellow marines.

Then in 1980, as he readied for a call of duty in the Reagan White House, it disappeared on a routine move from Camp Lejeune to Newport, R.I. “I’m not particularly attached to material things,” North told Secrets, “but that meant a lot.”

Now, 32 years later, and because of a long friendship dating back to his Academy days and Discovery Channel’s popular Auction Kings reality show, it’s back in North’s hands. “It gives me faith in people,” said North.

The sword that carries North’s name on it passed through several “owners” before it popped into Gallery 63, the Atlanta shop that is home to Auction Kings, last year. Owner Paul Brown couldn’t immediately find North and eventually put it up for auction, getting $1,850--$1,350 more than expected. North’s college roommate, now a Navy admiral saw the show and sent North a funny email: “I didn’t realize how tough things had gotten for you that you had to hock your sword.”

With help from Brown and Discovery, the new “owner” turned the sword over to North in a moving new season premiere for Auction Kings that will air Thursday at 9 p.m.

“The memories it brought back are special,” said North.

Unlike other services, swords are important to and required by the Marines. So much so that when his was lost or stolen, his wife bought him a replacement which he didn’t turn over to movers for future trips.

Asked what advice he has for Naval Academy seniors graduating Tuesday, North said simply, “Don’t let the movers move your sword. If your dog is important enough for you to move yourself, so is your sword.”

Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, in its third season, permanently moves to its new Thursday night 9 p.m. perch with the special on North and his sword. Not changing: The show’s unique ending that features a live auction of the items featured.



TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: olivernorth

1 posted on 05/29/2012 4:34:06 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: 2rightsleftcoast; abner; ACAC; advertising guy; amom; AnalogReigns; Anoreth; Arkinsaw; ...
OLIVER NORTH PING!

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2 posted on 05/29/2012 4:36:38 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Betsy was cover-girl pretty, even in that catastrophic headpiece. Ollie has improved greatly with age ;-).


3 posted on 05/29/2012 4:38:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I love you for your perspicacity.)
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To: Tax-chick

How about that poor brides maid in a hospital gown with a fruit salad on her head.


4 posted on 05/29/2012 4:42:01 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Tax-chick

Absolutely agree on both, he sure looks young there. :-)


5 posted on 05/29/2012 4:42:36 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Great story! Thanks for the ping.


6 posted on 05/29/2012 4:46:16 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: jazusamo

Great news bump for Ollie getting his proper sword back again!


7 posted on 05/29/2012 4:47:15 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Tax-chick

He grew into his eyebrows...yikes.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 4:47:27 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

9 posted on 05/29/2012 4:50:28 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

It’s a pretty good show; very cool of him to help him get that sword back.


10 posted on 05/29/2012 4:53:37 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: jazusamo

My Dad is 92. He had “lost” his Navy sword and was heartbroken. He had no idea where it went. It had cut his wedding cake, mine and my sisters. When we moved him to a transitional apartment housing with skilled nursing backup a few months ago, we found it in the den closet. He took it with him and it is now on his wall again.


11 posted on 05/29/2012 5:00:10 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: jazusamo
Then in 1980, as he readied for a call of duty in the Reagan White House, it disappeared on a routine move from Camp Lejeune to Newport, R.I.

Ah, military moves...and all of the irreplaceable things that are broken or 'lost'.

12 posted on 05/29/2012 5:02:10 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: marsh2
How wonderful you found it, probably the finest thing that could happen to him at his age. My MIL has difficulty remembering what happened yesterday but can remember what happened 40 and 50 years ago, she's now 88.
13 posted on 05/29/2012 5:10:52 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: marsh2

I am so glad to hear that Ollie and your father got their swords back......important part of the uniform and the man.....


14 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:30 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: jazusamo

15 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:44 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ( I am Breitbart)
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To: jazusamo

Jack Ryan’s alter ego.


16 posted on 05/29/2012 5:20:36 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: Fundamentally Fair

Ollie North is MY hero, and the hero of every other VET in the world, I’ll bet ! Too bad that he was forced from his political role, as he would be a much better choice for President than the ones we have now. How about North and Arpio..... a winning ticket if I’ve ever seen one.


17 posted on 05/29/2012 5:20:52 PM PDT by Invictus (Get used to living in the USSA (ununited socialist states of america))
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To: Fundamentally Fair
"Ah, military moves...and all of the irreplaceable things that are broken or 'lost'."

Those movers know exactly what they're looking for, too. In high school and college I accumulated a pretty extensive collection of first, albums, and later CDs. Among the literally hundreds in my collection, two irreplaceable ones were an early run of Roger Waters' "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" (without the black box) and 10,000 Maniacs' "In My Tribe" which had initially been released with their cover of "Peace Train" as the first track. After Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam endorsed the Ayatollah Khomenei's fatwah against Salman Rushdie in the mid 80's, 10,000 Maniacs deleted Peace Train from subsequent runs of the album/CD.

In the mid-90's when I PCS'd from Fort Riley to Korea, they were the only two items that had been *lost*.

18 posted on 05/29/2012 5:22:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Tax-chick

my impression too :)


19 posted on 05/29/2012 5:38:01 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Extraneous Wind sends ...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Moving back from Japan to CONUS in 1963 upon unpacking my treasured personal possessions three things were missing: An extensive baseball card collection, a box of special marbles, and my ten foot hand made cane fly rod. It seems that movers have a MO to remove certain items from military members.


20 posted on 05/29/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Fundamentally Fair

We lost a pristine Portuguese Ox Yoke from the Azores in our move back to The States. They didn’t steal a heavily worn, patched up, worm eaten, second choice - go figure.


21 posted on 05/29/2012 6:29:58 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: DManA; Tax-chick

How about that poor brides maid in a hospital gown with a fruit salad on her head.

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LOL!

But, at least, in those days, the bride and her attendants could be expected to attired modestly. So sick of the bridal gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses one sees these days. Sometimes, the women look like hookers.


22 posted on 05/29/2012 6:34:08 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: marsh2

Great story. Hope your dad is doing well. So wonderful to have him still at that age.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 6:36:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Fundamentally Fair
Ah, military moves...and all of the irreplaceable things that are broken or 'lost'.

Tell me about it. I learned about losing precious objects the hard way, as an Army brat. Over several international and trans-continental moves, we 'lost' lots of boxes and crates of things that should have had no value to anyone but us.

24 posted on 05/29/2012 7:10:25 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Worst one I ever heard of was an aquaintance who as the transportation officer in Italy strove mightily to get the corrupt, worthless mafia run “Mario Moving Company” disbarred. After long, valiant efforts and turning down the bribe of first class plane tix and seats at the Superbowl 50 yard line, he was finally successful. A week later he sees the same scumball in the office, now operating as the “Luigi Moving Company”.

Now for the quiz: guess who’s hull baggage and household goods “accidently” got dropped in the harbor as he PCS’d back to the states...


25 posted on 05/29/2012 7:36:47 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: redlegplanner
guess who’s hull baggage and household goods “accidently” got dropped in the harbor as he PCS’d back to the states...

Law abiding citizens ought to have the right to shoot worthless criminals like that on sight. That sort of crap is despicable.

26 posted on 05/29/2012 8:19:58 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: jazusamo

Glad he has his sword back. Thanks for the ping jaz.


27 posted on 05/29/2012 8:34:11 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
The sword that carries North’s name on it passed through several “owners” before it popped into Gallery 63, the Atlanta shop that is home to Auction Kings, last year. Owner Paul Brown couldn’t immediately find North and eventually put it up for auction, getting $1,850--$1,350 more than expected.

The search must have been truly extensive.

28 posted on 05/29/2012 8:38:03 PM PDT by garandgal
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To: garandgal
Yep, color me skeptical and Brown's color was green.
29 posted on 05/29/2012 8:45:36 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Windflier

There is no telling the vast number of items purchased in country, stolen from the PCS shipment, resold to the local shop and purchased again by the next arriving soldier, sailor, airman or marine in an endless corrupt cycle.


30 posted on 05/29/2012 8:57:10 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

That is a Marine Corps NCO sword.


31 posted on 05/29/2012 9:54:11 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: higgmeister
There is no telling the vast number of items purchased in country, stolen from the PCS shipment, resold to the local shop and purchased again by the next arriving soldier, sailor, airman or marine in an endless corrupt cycle.

Gads, that makes me ill just thinking about it. Arrrggghhh.....

32 posted on 05/29/2012 10:31:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Between 1965 and 1997 I made 14 PCS moves to and from overseas posts as a DOD Civ. Made two more as an single airman 61-63, and I can’t think of a single thing that was lost.


33 posted on 05/29/2012 11:06:37 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Bigg Red
"But, at least, in those days, the bride and her attendants could be expected to attired modestly. So sick of the bridal gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses one sees these days. Sometimes, the women look like hookers."

One look at "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding" will tell you how TRUE those words are.

34 posted on 05/30/2012 3:30:55 PM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
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To: Ax

“Between 1965 and 1997 I made 14 PCS moves to and from overseas posts as a DOD Civ. Made two more as an single airman 61-63, and I can’t think of a single thing that was lost.”

You were EXTREMELY lucky. You may want to buy a lottery ticket next time the jackpot gets big.


35 posted on 06/04/2012 4:44:33 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I buy them anyway.


36 posted on 06/04/2012 5:02:24 PM PDT by Ax
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