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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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tamara    

Just had a creepy thought.....Schwarzkopf and Bush could pass away at almost the same time. yikes

672 days ago
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Palm Beach, FL    

I can't stand that little girl called Katie.

672 days ago
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Bu    

RIP Norman!

672 days ago
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JrzGrl    

An amazing man & patriot. We lost a good one today. RIP sir. I thank you for a lifetime of service to your country.

672 days ago
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JrzGrl    

An exceptional American. If you think otherwise, you do not know your history. RIP General.

672 days ago
36.

MikeD    

Stormin' Norman - He was one Hell of a man. RIP

672 days ago
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verlinda    

Salute...R.I.P. General

672 days ago
38.

Quinn    

RIP Stormin' Norman.

672 days ago
39.

IowaDimples    

Wow seems there a lot of haters here. Please, enlighten the rest of us on what you've done to make this world a better place since you're so perfect. When my son was in preschool a national guardsman came to talk. When it came to questions my sons teacher cringed expecting boys to ask if he killed people. My son raised his hand first and said two words "thank you". Sad that my son at 4 had more respect for people who risk their lives for us than a lot of "adults" here. RIP General. And Thank You for your service.

671 days ago
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marymac    

He was no hero, he was a figurehead used by Republicans to make Americans think we needed his supposed expertise to protect us. In actuality, daddy Bush & Republicans sent him to Kuwait to protect their own personal oil interests (using OUR military on taxpayers’ dime!) and to figure out how to steal Iraq’s oil militarily, which they did under lil Bushie when he lied about WMDs there. Wake up, people, stop revering idiots from the GOP machine.

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svt    

Semper Fi Sir. R.I.P.

671 days ago
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StuartandWattsRealEstate    

RIP Sir!!

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671 days ago
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billybob    

R.I.P Hopefully his quite sudden death or his bad heath has nothing to do what he was exposed to during the Gulf War...

671 days ago
44.

chubbs McBuff    

Katie looks so cute in this pic. pretty complexion and pretty hair.

671 days ago
45.

A    

He did a great job and the conflict was short and objective achieved. He did a service the for the country and the world itself. It's amazing how good 1991 looks right now.

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