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12-27-2012 07:13 PM

Stormin' Norman DEAD
 

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies


Posted: 12/27/2012 05:23:42 PM MST
Updated: 12/27/2012 06:25:43 PM MST

By Lolita C. Baldor and Richard Pyle

The Associated Press

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1991 file photo, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. He was 78. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

WASHINGTON - Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, died Thursday. He was 78.

Schwarzkopf died in Tampa, Fla., where he had lived in retirement, according to a U.S. official, who was not authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.

He served in his last military assignment in Tampa as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

Schwarzkopf became "CINC-Centcom" in 1988 and when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait three years later to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves, he commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition of some 30 countries organized by President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out.

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12-27-2012 07:15 PM

Many of us watched him on CNN in the early 90's during the Iraq war. The most famous General since WWII

Rock Chalk 12-27-2012 07:20 PM

Really had a brilliant strategy in the Gulf War. Iraqi thought our main forces were coming from the south from Kuwait, he had used them as a diversion while he sent the bulk of the armored cavalry around their flank through the desert and hit them hard on from the rear. This after 100 days of air bombing to take out their communications and ability to see what he was doing.

Brilliant tactician and one of the reasons (along with superior firepower and highly trained military personnel) that we had so few casualties in that war.

driver 12-27-2012 07:28 PM

A fine tactician, a good honorable man, exemplified the best of the US Officer corps.
Unlike some of the scumbags who are running things now.
RIP!

12-27-2012 07:30 PM

Loved the Stormin Norman! May he rest in well deserved peace.

Old Dude 12-27-2012 07:52 PM

Time really flies, doesn't it?

RIP, general.

12-27-2012 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Old Dude (Post 3764191)
Time really flies, doesn't it?

RIP, general.

Man it's scary sometimes. And the older you get the faster it goes.

broncosteven 12-27-2012 08:19 PM

Don't know much about the guy other than he seemed to have a good gameplan vs Iraqi's.

RIP and thanks for your service.

crush17 12-27-2012 08:26 PM

H.W. Bush is in ICU.

Probably next to go

ant1999e 12-27-2012 08:38 PM

RIP.

rodr88 12-27-2012 08:38 PM

He was the Brigade Commander when I was in Germany in the late 70's early 80's. Never had the honor of meeting him, but sure as hell respect him. RIP General.

driver 12-27-2012 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by broncosteven (Post 3764207)
Quote:

Don't know much about the guy other than he seemed to have a good gameplan vs Iraqi's.
RIP and thanks for your service.

Really all you need to know is he made it to 4-STARS and theater level command without playing KISS A__ political games! Hard to do in this modern world, of "quid pro quo"!

Kaylore 12-27-2012 09:06 PM

That's too bad. He's an American hero. RIP.

Mogulseeker 12-27-2012 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by driver (Post 3764222)
Really all you need to know is he made it to 4-STARS and theater level command without playing KISS A__ political games! Hard to do in this modern world, of "quid pro quo"!

For real. A good Lutheran guy, too.

RIP

tesnyde 12-28-2012 12:07 AM

Great American. I read his biography and respected him even more. His dad was great guy too.

cousinal11 12-28-2012 04:37 AM

RIP. I was 10 during the Gulf War but I remember Stormin' Norman.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BaSw...e_gdata_player

bronco militia 12-28-2012 07:53 AM

RIP!

extralife 12-28-2012 07:14 PM

I feel obligated to post this:

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SoCalBronco 12-28-2012 07:40 PM

RIP General. He had a great line about the French.


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