Norman Schwarzkopf Dies In Tampa Of Pneumonia Complications

By: | 12/29/2012 12:06 PM ET
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Norman Schwarzkopf passed away on December 27 at his Tampa, Florida, home due to complications from pneumonia, at the age of 78.

“With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, we’ve lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, General Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved. 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,” President Barack Obama stated in an official statement released by the White House.

Former President George H. W. Bush, who as Commander in Chief ordered Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, released the following 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, 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. More than that, he was a good and decent man — and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife, Brenda, and his wonderful family.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, USA-Ret., who oversaw the 1990-1 operations as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated: “With the passing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America lost a great patriot and a great soldier. Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years. The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. ‘Stormin’ Norman’ led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation. He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him. My wife, Alma, joins me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife, Brenda, and to her family.”

Schwarzkopf is survived by wife Brenda and three children: Cynthia Schwarzkopf of Lithia, Florida; Jessica Schwarzkopf, of Tampa, Florida; and Christian Schwarzkopf.

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