Iraq war general Stormin' Norman dies
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War, has died at the age of 78.PT0M37S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2byx7 620 349 December 28, 2012
A US official says retired General H Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the US-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died at the age of 78.
The official told the Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died on Thursday in Tampa, Florida.
The official wasn’t authorised to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
General Colin Powell, left, with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf in Saudi Arabia in February 1991. Photo: AP
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 US Central Command.
Former president George HW Bush, himself sick in intensive care in Texas, was first to issue a statement mourning the loss of the man he chose to lead the war that came to define both of their careers.
''Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation,'' his statement said.
''A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomised the 'duty, service, country' creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises,'' Bush said.
''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.''