Fox's North Off Air During Treatment

"War Stories" host has prostate cancer

By Mike Allen
|  Thursday, Dec 10, 2009  |  Updated 1:02 AM EDT
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FOX's Oliver North to go Off Air for Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Oliver North is getting treated for prostate cancer.

Oliver L. North, host of FOX News Channel’s documentary series "War Stories," is temporarily off the air while he undergoes treatment for prostate cancer, POLITICO has learned.

North’s prognosis is excellent, according to sources.

North, the Iran-contra figure, became a popular conservative radio host and U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia in 1994. “War Stories” bills itself as profiling “the wars and warriors that shaped American military history.”

When he visits military bases, soldiers and Marines scramble for the autograph of the man they call “Colonel North” but who introduces himself with a breezy, “Ollie North.”

From North’s biography on FoxNews.com: “North is a combat-decorated Marine, author, founder of a small business, inventor who holds three U.S. patents, syndicated columnist and former candidate for the United States Senate. Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan Administration, North 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 helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the world's deadliest assassin. North also serves as the honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, the conservative public policy organization he founded in 1990. … North graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.”

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