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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Dies At 78

Jacob Freedman |
December 27, 2012 | 5:06 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Gen. Schwarzkopf in 2008 (Creative Commons).
Gen. Schwarzkopf in 2008 (Creative Commons).
A U.S. official confirmed Thursday that retried Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Tampa, Fla. 

Known as "Stormin' Norman" for his notorious temper, Schwarzkopf was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command in 1988.

He was named commander of a U.N. coalition organized to drive out Saddam Hussein's forces after the Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in August 1990. Codenamed "Operation Desert Storm", Schwarzkopf led an aerial assault in January 1991 and a ground campaign in late February that led to a cease-fire and end of the eight-month-long Gulf War on February 28.  

Schwarzkopf graduated from West Point in 1956 and received his M.S. in mechnical engineering from USC in 1964. 

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