About John Oliver

John Oliver is a graduate of West Point and Yale, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, and a graduate of the US Army’s Airborne and Ranger schools. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he is a small business owner and occasionally, a writer.

Inside the Belly

As John Oliver watches the economy take its toll on small and mid-size businesses, he is heartened by the ethics and values of those around him.

A Man’s Gift

A dad who is unable to participate in buying gifts reflects on what is really important to give as a man.


A member of the 82nd Airborne survives the war but returns to lose his daughter in his arms just outside Fort Bragg.

Our Arbitrary Kingdom

A poetic reflection upon West Point’s 11th straight defeat in the Army-Navy Classic.

SCUBA with Stuffed Animals

My buddy Johnny O. talks about his brother, growing up in an abusive home, and trying to make things right.

Deuce Mania: Jumpers in the Door and Other Army Stories

John Oliver, who as a kid was terrified of public bathrooms, served in the 82nd Airborne Division during Desert Storm. The Army, he learned, is no place for the toilet-shy.

Tillman: Superman or Everyman?

Desert Storm veteran John Oliver examines the Tillman story through the lens of a former Army Ranger.