US Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dead at 78

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the commander of the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died today in Tampa, Florida. He was 78.
FOX News reported:

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, Florida, 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 then-President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out.

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  • shadow

    RIP General.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    He wanted to be remembered as a good man more than anything else. I think he will be.

  • Rachelle

    An actual military man he was.

    The current bunch, particularly the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are a bunch of politicians who act more like The Village People than real soldiers.

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  • ★FALCON★

    #22 December 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    ★FALCON★ commented:

    Wow. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf simply one of West Point’s finest. Ever. Doesn’t even get a mention on this site. I have waited an hour for some memorial to the GREATEST since Westmoreland and nothing. Nothing. Some Conservative site this turned out to be.

    This will be my last post here.

    Goodbye Patriots, see you in the next fight.

    OK, I apologize. I’ll stay, if you’ll have me. In a world with few men of courage I mistakenly thought Norman was forgotten and I may have over-reacted. I apologize.

    I just wish there was a Mount Olympus for all who have given so much.

    Thank you Jim for remembering General Schwarzkopf, he was one of a kind and a true American Patriot. He will be missed, as I wipe those tears away.

  • God speed General…rest in peace, you made us proud to be Americans back then..

  • bg


    It Has Always Been The Soldier

    It is the soldier,
    not the President who gives US Democracy.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Congress who takes Care of US.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

    It is the soldier,
    not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

    It is the soldier,
    not the campus [community] Organizer who
    has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

    It is the soldier,
    who salutes the flag;
    who serves beneath the flag,
    and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
    that allows the protester to burn the flag.

    ~ Father Dennis O’Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain

    God Bless America!

    God Bless Soldiers everywhere for putting THEIR
    lives on the line to protect us ALL from terrorism!

    “Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as
    they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless
    acts they perform for us in our time of need. Please place a
    hedge of protection around each and everyone. I ask this in
    the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”

    Thank You US Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, RIP


  • May he rest in peace and his loved ones receive comfort in Christ Jesus, AMEN.

  • Blackbird

    The world has lost a good man.
    If you haven’t read his autobiography “It Doesn’t Take a Hero” I can’t recommend it enough. Pick up a copy and read it.


  • ★FALCON★… I am so glad you are not going anywhere, you are one of my favorite posters! 😀

    Jim is but one guy, who may have been ‘out’ and unable to post right away, it is hard sometimes for us to remember that, especially when we are emotionally bothered and waiting for the story to be shared.

  • ★FALCON★

    Thanks TeachX3 – your compliment means the world to me. The feeling is mutual. It really is.

    I am now remembering the scene from Troy where Brad Pitt says Hector will cross the River Styx and see all of the deaf and blind.

    In a way – with Norman now gone – the River Styx looks much closer. Sadly.

  • Paula

    RIP General you will be missed

  • jb

    All of it unknowingly, save for the top brass . . .

    It is the soldier who has defended corporate interests around the world (re: Smedley Butler);

    It is the soldier who is sent to die when a politician has a hair up their anal orifice.

    It is the soldier who walks around with severed limbs or artificial limbs as a testimony to those in power who will insist that private wars are really for “our freedom.”

    America was formed to avoid war, and we have done nothing but war, since.

    America has started more wars than all other countries combined since 1945. Fact.

    I very much doubt Jesus the Lord is happy about that.

    And “patriot” is the most abused term in history.

    Let the storm descend.

  • imtorqued

    Go with God, Stormin’ Norman.

  • true

    Good riddance to the welfare scum in the military industrial complex.

  • ChongRRMC

    RIP Sir.

    In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

  • American Woman

    Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf was a great General and a great American.

    Unlike so many of our military leaders today, General Schwarzkopf did not risk the lives of his troops with rules of engagement that favored our enemies.

    Schwarzkopf valued and respected those who served under him. He stood by his troops. He was a good and decent man.

    Yes, he made us proud to be Americans, because he served with honor and distinction. For that alone, his name and life should be remembered.

    Eternal be his memory. (God bless you, General.)

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  • cavt

    A sad day–not many true warriors left.

  • Patty

    while you are in heaven, being such a great patriot, ask GOD, to please help our nation become what your fought so gallantly to protect.


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  • OldSailor

    Rest in Peace sir, it was an honor to served under your command.

    Desert Storm Vet.

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  • YourMaster

    will 0bama erect a lil monument of Karl Marx over the general’s grave… so he can pray to karl marx himself and allow Norman into the communist utopia in the afterlife?

  • bigL

    Yeah, Like Rachel says The current crop of generals are more like the Village People,
    only instead of singing “YMCA”the new crop of deskers are singing “Y-USA?”

  • Mikey

    RIP General.

    One thing conspicuously missing from the reporting on his death is HOW DID HE DIE?

    Isn’t that one of the first things people want to know when someone passes?

    Yet not a mention of the cause of death anywhere.

    Hmmm. Are we to assume natural causes?
    The general wasn’t that old that it could be assumed.

  • valerie

    #13 December 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm
    jb commented:

    You obviously never cracked a history book outside of class. And, you’ve never been to Europe. And, you don’t know what a walled city is, or why there are no city walls in North America, except for Quebec.

  • FMB42

    Schwarzkopf was great general who, unfortunately, served under a President who made the tremendous mistake of letting Iraq, and Saddam in particular, “off the hook.”

    This was one of the worst single military decisions ever made by a US President.

    Sadly, as time passes, this idiotic mistake on the part Bush Sr. will cost Gen. Schwarzkopf the long lasting military respect that he deserves.

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