General Schwarzkopf Passes at Age 78

Rest in Peace to the last great tank com­mand­ing gen­eral of the 20th Century.

Retired U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Schwarzkopf, a burly Viet­nam War vet­eran known as Stormin’ Nor­man, com­manded more than 540,000 U.S. 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.

Since 1991, Schawarzkopf’s hour-long vic­tory brief­ing has become almost manda­tory study of the U.S. mil­i­tary and every stu­dent at the var­i­ous acad­e­mies at West Point, Col­orado Springs and Annapolis.

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