Desert Storm's Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies at 78

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Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of Operation Desert Storm in the 1990s, has died. He was 78 years old.

In 1991, Schwarzkopf successfully led coalition forces in the Gulf War, earning him the infamous nickname "Stormin' Norman."

After graduating from West Point, Schwarzkopf spent his whole career in the Army. He was a war hero in Vietnam, earning three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.

After his work in the Gulf, President George H.W. Bush presented him with the Medal of Freedom for service to his country.

"Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation," the former president said in a statement.

"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," he said.

The White House also offered its condolences.
 
"From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, Gen. Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

"Our prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family, who tonight can know that his legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service," he added.

Schwarzkopf leaves behind his wife Brenda and three children: Cynthia, Jessica, and Christian.

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