The former commander of the U.S. forces popularly known as ‘Stormin’ Norman’ died in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 27. He was 78 years old.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of the U.S. forces during the first Iraq conflict, died on Thursday, Dec. 27 in Tampa, Florida.
Gen. Schwarzkopf had become known as “Stormin’ Norman” during the 1991 Gulf War that removed Saddam Hussein‘s Iraqi forces out of neighboring country Kuwait. Operation Desert Storm lasted for just one month after Norman’s international coalition was able to get the upper hand on the Iraqi troops quickly.
He had retired in Tampa, FL, where he had his last assignment as the commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. At this point, the cause of death is unknown.
Though President George H.W. Bush is currently hospitalized himself, fighting a fever, he released a statement through his office. “Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation,” the statement read. “A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, 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. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife, Brenda, and his wonderful family.”
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Desert Storm, spoke of Gen. Schwarzkopf as “a great patriot and a great soldier.”
“Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years,” he said in a prepared statement. “The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. ‘Stormin’ Norman’ led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation.
“He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy,” he added. “I will miss him.”
We keep Gen. Schwarzkopf’s family and friends in our thoughts during their time of loss.
— Billy Nilles
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