Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

by Ryan on December 28, 2012

in Culture,History,Nostalgia,The Iraq Front

Commanding General of Operation Desert Storm Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday in Tampa due to complications from pneumonia.  He was 78 years old.

“Stormin’ Norman’s” leadership produced a quick and decisive victory pushing back Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991.  After bombing for a month and with about 100 hours on the ground, the Gulf War wrapped up America’s first major military victory since the Vietnam War.  The returning troops did get parades, did get recognition, and were welcomed as heroes.  It’s hard to underscore how psychologically important that was back in 1991.

Schwarzkopf himself volunteered to serve two tours in Vietnam, winning three silver stars for valor, a bronze star, as well as three distinguished service medals.  He also received the purple heart and decided to remain in the military after Vietnam.  He became Centcom Commander in 1988, and after Desert Storm had a relatively quiet retirement.  He leaves a wife and three children.  His legacy will likely be that of a well-liked soldier’s general who helped to get America feeling back on track militarily.

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