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Remembering Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

10:47 AM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
  • Schwarzkopf answers questions during an interview on Sept. 14, 1990, in Riyadh. David Longstreath, AP
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell, left, confers with Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 8, 1991. John Gaps III, AP
  • Schwarzkopf points to photos of Kuwait's Ahmadi Sea Island Terminal after a U.S. attack on the facility on Jan. 27, 1991. Laurent Rebours, AP
  • U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands near a tank during Operation Desert Storm on Jan. 12, 1991, in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf, 78, died on Dec. 27. Bob Daugherty, AP
  • When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, Schwarzkopf commanded Operation Desert Storm, a coalition force of 30 countries organized by President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out. AP
  • Schwarzkopf talks with Saudi Arabian Lt. Gen. Khalid Bin Sultan, area commander of multinational forces, on Dec. 19, 1990, in Riyadh. Peter Dejong, AP
  • President Bush congratulates Schwarzkopf on July 4, 1991, after presenting him with the medal of freedom at the White House in Washington. Doug Mills, AP
  • Schwarzkopf waves to the crowd on April 22, 1991, after a military band played a song in his honor at a welcome home ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Lynne Sladky, AP
  • Schwarzkopf and President Bush watch the National Victory Parade on June 8, 1991, from a viewing stand in Washington. Ron Edmonds, AP
  • Schwarzkopf points to a chart showing bomb damage at Iraq's Al Taqaddum Airfield during a press conference in January 1991. John Gaps III, AP
  • Schwarzkopf speaks at a press conference. AP/Wide World Photo
    
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WASHINGTON (AP) " 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. A sister of Schwarzkopf, Ruth Barenbaum of Middlebury, Vt., said that he died in Tampa, Fla., from complications from pneumonia. "We're still in a state of shock," she said by phone. "This was a surprise to us all." 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

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