Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

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Norman Schwarzkopf is riding with the valkyries.

A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.

The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn’t 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 lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

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9 Responses to Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf 1934-2012

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I saw him once. It was on board the USS Guam during the Grenada invasion. I flew out the Guam on an OH-58 with my troop commander. I jumped out on the flight deck to hand deliver documents to a man standing in a hatch. I handed them over, ran back to the helicopter and jumped in. My CO said that was General Schwarzkopf. I had never heard of him at the time. I did later.

  2. TN-Cat says:

    I don’t believe we are developing generals like Schwarzkopf in our military ranks anymore. Much to the detriment of our country.

    I loved listening to the man. Gave a sense of security. Notice we have not heard much from any Generals the past four years? If you have, those Generals are no longer.

    • Ray Davies says:

      We have Maj.Gen. Orr, with the Iowa National Guard. Nice guy.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        I served under Orr as a surveillance team leader in 194th Infantry Detachment (Long Range Surveillance), IANG. Only briefly, however. I spent most of my time there under McGowan. I got more jumps in the Iowa National Guard than I got in the 82nd Airborne. I actually went to Jumpmaster School while in the Iowa Guard.

  3. notamobster says:

    Rest in peace brother!

  4. RJM says:

    Sean Hannity frequently tells people they are a “Great American”

    I would like to offer that Norman Schwarzkopf is a “God American”

  5. Uke says:

    God bless. I was just a kid when Desert Storm got going, and my uncle went off to it.

    But yeah, he’s an Army guy, football player, and got a hot temper…

    I reckon we would have gotten along just fine.

  6. Ray Davies says:

    The Press hated him. The never got any advance notice of his plans. Rest in Peace, SIR.

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