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Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies
Fox News ^ | December 27, 2012

Posted on 12/27/2012 4:31:56 PM PST by Wisconsinlady

Edited on 12/28/2012 4:45:17 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON – Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."

That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children's charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.

He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he'd served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.

Schwarzkopf capped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 -- but he'd managed to keep a low profile in the public debate over the second Gulf War against Iraq, saying at one point that he doubted victory would be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon predicted.

Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in 1988, overseeing the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: obituary; schwarzkopf; veteran
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To: Wisconsinlady

What a great man and great leader. I always liked him. I think just about everyone did.


21 posted on 12/27/2012 4:39:36 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Wisconsinlady

Eternal rest, General.


22 posted on 12/27/2012 4:40:15 PM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: Wisconsinlady

He is up there sharing War Stories w/ Patton, Halsey, Nimitz and ALL of the other Great Generals/Admirals.


23 posted on 12/27/2012 4:40:31 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Wisconsinlady

RIP, sir...


24 posted on 12/27/2012 4:40:49 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 (I miss President Bush! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Wisconsinlady

Prayers sent.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 4:41:47 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should post gun free zone signs on their property and persons.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Rest in Peace good man.


26 posted on 12/27/2012 4:42:15 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Amen, to Fiddler’s Green and the General


27 posted on 12/27/2012 4:42:19 PM PST by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad)
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To: Lurker

“Your country called and you kicked ass. Well done, sir. Well done indeed.”
Indeed. RIP, General.


28 posted on 12/27/2012 4:42:28 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: Wisconsinlady

RIP General.

America loses yet another hero.


29 posted on 12/27/2012 4:42:33 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Wisconsinlady

My husband proudly served under General Schwarzkopf. May he rest in peace, after a job well done and a life well lived.


30 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:19 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Wisconsinlady

31 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:22 PM PST by zeebee
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To: Wisconsinlady

This one hurts. He will be missed. Men of his ilk will be needed to retake America.


32 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:45 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Wisconsinlady

A great man has been spared the experience of seeing his country’s political destruction. RIP, sir, thanks for your excellent service


33 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:48 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Rest in Peace .

Thanks for the guidance.


34 posted on 12/27/2012 4:43:48 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Wisconsinlady

Farewell, Gen. Schwrzkopf.


35 posted on 12/27/2012 4:44:16 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Just heard the sad news..RIP General..I salute your great service to this country. God Bless!


36 posted on 12/27/2012 4:44:24 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Wisconsinlady

Oh. I had not heard this. What a brave warrior he was. Bless his family with comfort.


37 posted on 12/27/2012 4:44:32 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: Wisconsinlady

About the last General in the Army that I actually respected.


38 posted on 12/27/2012 4:44:49 PM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Wisconsinlady
I remember being glued to the TV during the Gulf war and watching the General during his daily briefings........what a great man and soldier!

My prayers and sadness go out to his family........

39 posted on 12/27/2012 4:45:04 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: righttackle44

I remember he answered a reporter by asking ‘Have you ever been in the middle of a mine field? Let me tell you it’s intense.’


40 posted on 12/27/2012 4:45:22 PM PST by AU72
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