Famed Gulf War US General Schwarzkopf dies at 78

'Stormin Norman', who headed coalition which drove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, dies at Tampa, Florida home.

By REUTERS
December 28, 2012 03:52
Retired US General Norman Schwarzkopf

Norman Schwarzkopf 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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WASHINGTON - Retired US General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr, who headed coalition forces that drove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's army out of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm, has died, a US official said on Thursday. He was 78.

The highly decorated four-star general died at 2:22 p.m. ET at his home in Tampa, Florida, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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Schwarzkopf, a burly Vietnam War veteran known as Stormin' Norman, commanded more than 540,000 US troops and 200,000 allied forces in a six-week war that routed Hussein's army from Kuwait in 1991, capping his 34-year military career.

Former President George H.W. Bush said he and his wife Barbara "mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," according to a statement released by Bush's spokesman. The former president has been hospitalized in Houston since late November.

Some experts hailed Schwarzkopf's plan to trick and outflank Iraqi forces with a sweeping armored movement, which ended the ground war in only 100 hours, as one of the great accomplishments in military history.

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