OLIVER L. NORTH (R) v. SENATOR CHARLES S. ROBB (D)
December 9, 1968: Lyndon B. Johnson wore formal tails, an indignity he had refused to suffer for his own presidential inauguration in 1965, to give away his daughter Lynda Bird in marriage to Marine Captain Charles S. Robb. Five hundred guests attended the ceremony in the white and gold East Room of the White House, followed by a reception in the Yellow Oval Room. Robb had been a member of the ceremonial Marine guard at the White House, but he knew he was headed to Vietnam in four months.
February 22, 1969: Marine Second Lieutenant Oliver L. North was atop the tank in Vietnam, directing his troops into a defensive arc amid an ambush. The tank turret swiveled around and slammed North to the ground. With ribs broken and a lung punctured, he spurned medical attention, grabbed a grenade launcher, crawled back up the tank, and led a successful counterattack. Seven enemy soldiers were killed. North was either a hero or a maniac, depending on your point of view--PresidentRonald Reagan later called him a hero. North was awarded a Bronze Star with a combat "V" for valor. Three months later he earned a Silver Star in another action. On November 23, 1969, North flew home to greet a baby girl he had never seen.