For his column about Memorial Day, Oliver North turned to a “dear friend” — an Army vet and Medal of Honor recipient named Sammy L. Davis. North asked Davis to explain why it was important for veterans to travel to Washington to honor those who died in the Vietnam War.
Davis, according to North, responded thusly: “Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.”
Davis went on, wrote North, adding: “I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.”
Of course, Davis didn't say those words. And North didn't even write them. They appear to have been plagiarized from Michael Norman's memoir, These Good Men: Friendships Forged in War. North isn't really responding to Norman's charges of plagiarism, and I'm wiling to bet that there will be no repercussions for this. North will join the ranks of prominent celebrity conservative columnists who freely plagiarize, like Chuck Norris.