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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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