Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA (Ret.), has passed on at age 78, reportedly of complications from pneumonia.
Schwarzkopf led allied coalition forces in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm to expel Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces rom Kuwait in the first Gulf War in 1991.
A native of New Jersey, Schwarzkopf was a West Point graduate who also attended the U.S. Army War College and earned a Master’s Degree in engineering from Southern Cal.
He also was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, among other duties, and eventually became a four-star general.
Said former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara in a released statement:
Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General 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. More than that, he was a good and decent man — and a dear friend.