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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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pizzapizza    

His autobiography is amazing.

607 days ago
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Hengine74    

A mans man. Straight shooter. Loved his men.

607 days ago
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sweetthang    

Why did they have to mention Katie couric in the same sentence ? With all her blinking in the interview,was she infatuated or lying ? To hard to tell with her and her daytime lying attitude which she got downsized to! Never a journalist & she never will be!

607 days ago
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GRAYWOLF    

R.I.P. General...

On another note...Has Katie ever had a decent hairstyle or has she always tried to look like a guy?

604 days ago
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LONE TIN SOLDIER    

HOPEFULLY HE WASN'T SILENCED! THE LONG TERM WITHHOLDING OF HIS DEATH SEEMS TO POINT TOWARDS POSSIBLY 'HOSPITAL' TRYING TO CHARGE/KEEPING HIM 'ALIVE' ON PAPER FOR HIM AFTER THEY ALREADY KILLED HIM(LOOK FOR TAZER MARKS,INJECTIONS, AND MISSING BRAIN MATTER).HOPEFULLY HE WASN'T TORTURED BEFORE HAND FOR THESE DAYS THATS THE IN THING FOR "NURSES" AND A "SECRET" CLUB TO ENJOY THEMSELVES WITH ESPECIALLY IF THEY THINK YOU HAVE ANY MILITARY BACKGROUND,INTELLIGENCE,SOMETHING THEY WANT,OR THEY JUST DON'T LIKE YOU

544 days ago
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LONE TIN SOLDIER    

HE WAS A GREAT MAN ,A TRUE SOLDIER,AND HONEST THATS WHY I'D SUSPECT FOUL PLAY BY SOME VERY PSYCHOTIC MONEY GRUBBING "SECRET" SOCIETY MEMBERS.WHO HE MIGHT OF DISCOVERED DESTROYED AND STOLE LARGE QUANTITIES OF CASH AND ASSETS FROM ACCOUNTS THEY HAD NO RIGHTS WHATSOEVER TO!!!!!!!!!!1

544 days ago
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LONE TIN SOLDIER    

NOT ONLY HAS THE "SECRET SOCIETY" DESTROYED LIVES,PEOPLES HEALTH,ASSETS,THE PLANET,PEACE,THEY ALSO DESTROYED AND ALLOWED TO BE EMPTIED A "SPECIAL" FUND FOR SOLDIERS THAT HAD BEEN SET UP YEARS AGO,AND I BELIEVE WAS EMPTIED BY S*** THAT NEVER SERVED,WERE DISHONORABLE DISCHARGED AND DECIDED THEY'D 'PRETEND' THEY WERE FAMOUS "SPECIAL" SECRET FORCES.WHICH THEY AREN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

544 days ago
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