AP Source: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78 - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

AP Source: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

Posted: Updated:

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.

A sister of Schwarzkopf, Ruth Barenbaum of Middlebury, Vt., tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., from complications from pneumonia.

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. 

-

"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, Gen. 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." -- former President George H.W. Bush.

------

"With the passing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America lost a great patriot and a great soldier. Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years. The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. `Stormin' Norman' led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation. He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him. My wife, Alma, joins me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife, Brenda, and to her family." -- former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Statement by Secretary Panetta on the Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf 

The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of General Norman Schwarzkopf, whose 35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country.  The son of a decorated Army officer, General Schwarzkopf followed his father's legacy of service by enrolling in West Point in the 1950s.   His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command.  General Schwarzkopf's skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition.  In the aftermath of that war, General Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader.  Today, we recall that enduring legacy and remember him as one of the great military giants of the 20th century.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family in this time of sadness and grief.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Dies at Burning Man

    Woman Dies at Burning Man

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:15:46 GMT
    An early morning incident has left one woman dead at the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.More >>
    An early morning incident has left one woman dead at the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.More >>
  • Morrison University Faces Possible Closure Due to Bankruptcy

    Morrison University Faces Possible Closure Due to Bankruptcy

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:35:31 GMT
    Morrison University may be closing its doors due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but there's still hope for the school to stay open if it's sold to another company.More >>
    Morrison University may be closing its doors due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but there's still hope for the school to stay open if it's sold to another company.More >>
  • School Trustee Recall Moving Forward

    School Trustee Recall Moving Forward

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:44:36 GMT
    While the Washoe School District Trustees try and solve their legal problems with both their Superintendent and their former School Police Chief those outraged by all but one of the trustees are moving forward with their own effort to recall them.More >>
    While the Washoe School District Trustees try and solve their legal problems with both their Superintendent and their former School Police Chief those outraged by all but one of the trustees are moving forward with their own effort to recall them.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.