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On Oct. 29, 2007, exactly a year after he was wounded, the indomitable young officer came home. Dignitaries and thousands of well wishers were on hand to welcome Andrew at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. The following Sunday he spoke at all three services - thanking all for their unfailing prayers.

His recovery will continue for years to come. But on one of my visits to him in the hospital the man who had once played rugby at the Naval Academy said, “I don’t need legs. I have my arms. I learned discipline at the Naval Academy. I have my faith - and a desire to serve. Maybe I’ll go to law school.”

Andrew has all of that - and more. He also has a great sense of humor. He has a T-shirt with the words “Marine For Sale” printed on the front. On the back it reads: “40 Percent Off - Some Assembly Required.”

Oliver North is the host of “War Stories” on Fox News Channel, the author of “American Heroes” and the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance.