Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dead At Age 78

Retired general “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf has died. He was 78 years old, and passed away in Tampa, Florida.

Schwarzkopf headed the international coalition during the Persian Gulf War that pushed back against Sadaam Hussein‘s forces in Kuwait. He served as the head of U.S. Central Command for a few years before his official retirement from service in 1991.

Upon learning of his death, former president George H.W. Bush, who is currently hospitalized with a rising fever, released the following statement:

“Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General 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.”

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