COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was in town Thursday. North became famous in the Reagan era for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
North was at Barnes and Noble to promote his new book "Counterfeit Lies."
He tells WINK News the book is a warning call for readers. "Unfortunately the Iranians are still going to get nuclear weapons and they're going to get away with it because this administration is desperate for some kind of "diplomatic success" and they're going to proclaim it as such." North said "the idea of the Iranians having nuclear weapons ought to be terrifying."
Dozens of people lined up to get a copy signed. But for one Naples father the chance to meet "Ollie" was priceless.
Randy Elliott brought something with him that had so much meaning and it wasn't North's book. "I had pictures that I'd like to get autographed and finally caught up with him."
In 2003,Elliott's son Chad traveled with North from Kuwait to Baghdad while he was serving in the Army. Now 11 years later,Elliott was able to share that moment with North. "He just looked at the pictures and the uniforms and kinda reminisced about it."
North then signed the pictures for Elliott. The two got talking about Chad and he was happy to tell North he was doing well. "He said sometimes when he sees pictures and he asks that question and they say they didn't make it they tell him it's like sticking a knife in his heart."