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H. Norman Schwarzcopf, Lead Operation Desert Storm, Dies At 78

General Norman Schwarzkopf.

General Norman Schwarzkopf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Retired General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr has passed away. The man who led the international coalition to drive Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 was 78. He was living in Tampa, Florida during his retirement. The decorated combat soldier from the Vietnam War, Schwarzkopf was known by the nickname “Stormin’ Norman” due to his explosive temper.

His last military assignment was in Tampa as c-in-c of US Central Command, the headquarters for the US military. Cent Com monitors the security concerns of some 20 nations. He took over that position in 1988, but it was three years later that he commanded Operation Desert Storm.

Americans monitored the war and watched Schwarzkpf as he gave briefings about what was going on in Kuwait. Former President George H. W. Bush, whose own health has been bad of late, stated “Gen. Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the ‘duty, service, country’ creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises. More than that, he was a good and decent man — and a dear friend.”

Schwarzkopf refused to enter politics, and after retiring focused on his charitable enterprises. He did campaign for President George W. Bush in 2000, but was less than thrilled with the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003. He was certain that victory would not be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon at the time were saying.

Schwarzkopf was the son of Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Sr. His father was a World War I and World War II vet who served in the cavalry. Scwarzkopf Sr was also the first head of the New Jersey State Police, and was the lead investigator in the kidnapping of Charlie Lindbergh, the son of Charles Lindbergh.

He died from complications from pneumonia.

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