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Gen. Schwarzkopf

Stormin' Norman

Dead at 78

12/27/2012 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1227_Norman-Schwarzkopf-article-gettyGeneral H. Norman Schwarzkopf -- the commander of U.S. forces during the first Iraq conflict -- has died in Tampa, Florida.

Schwarzkopf became popularly known as "Stormin' Norman" during 1991 Gulf War that booted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces out of neighboring Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm lasted just over a month as Schwarzkopf's international coalition made quick work of the Iraqi troops.

Schwarzkopf had retired in Tampa where he held his last assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command.

Schwarzkopf was 78 years old. Cause of death is unclear, at this point.

Side note about "Stormin' Norman" -- aside from his military success he was also largely responsible for Katie Couric's rise to fame.



Couric was in Kuwait covering the Gulf War for NBC and scored several interviews with Gen. Schwarzkopf -- and she was offered the 'Today' co-anchor position about a month after one of those interviews.

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PeekerBoo    

R.I.P.

580 days ago
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TNastyFunktown    

This guy was pretty bad ass. Definitely the embodiment of a great soldier. RIP Stormin' Norman.

580 days ago
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Truth is    

End of yr inventory...take the rest vile sinister govt officials with you plz!!!

580 days ago
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Majestik    

May the Schwarz be with you.
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Yah, okay, it was corny, RIP General.

580 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

Bless his soul and his family.

580 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

This guy was the Rock of Gibraltar and did what he had to do, with courage. A true patriot, he can finally rest in peace.

580 days ago
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Lee    

Mixed feelings...he lived a long life...however...he was a puppet of the George H.W. Bush regime. He retired immediately following the 'First Desert Storm.' Some Republicans wanted, as usual, to advance him into the White House, cause, you know, he was a military hero and such...but it was never going to happen. So, a few years later, they 'advanced' a person related to that first Gulf War, someone who went AWOL and was an alcoholic, but hey, he was the son of a president! All was forgiven...

580 days ago
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Ephiny    

RIP to a great leader

580 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...doesn't matter how he passed....but...taking a biiiiiiiiiiiig leap here...um..heart disease or cancer...just like the majority of us will end up with...

580 days ago
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Pound Sand    

Thank you for your service Sir. May you rest in peace and always be honored.

580 days ago
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Twiz    

As does anyone in the military, you follow orders no matter if you agree or not. RIP General. Wish there were more like you!!!

580 days ago
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Kathryn    

I met him. Regardless of politics, put them aside, this man was a fine gentleman and honorable man. RIP, General. They don't make 'em like you, anymore!

580 days ago
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Paul Miller    

As usual the media/TMZ does not sell soap by being appropriate. They are all about the inappropriate as what I call that whole gendre of media basically infomercials for morons who lack the capability for abstract thought and are addicted to the 'boob tube' To put an American hero who just passed within 5 pages of a ugly person like Curic is in my opinion distasteful. Yeah, I guess you've got to make a living also.

580 days ago
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here2opine    

RIP!

580 days ago
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roll3567    

Overthrowing sadam was a huge mistake

580 days ago
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