Desert Storm Commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

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TAMPA FL — Many of us remember the days of Operation Desert Storm that drove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and reminded America what it was like to win a war. The military commander that drove that invasion, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, passed away yesterday due to complications from pneumonia. He was 78.

The former four-star general stood tall as commander of forces in Iraq over 20 years ago, with his burly image and precise military words and actions. He had since retired to a quiet life in Tampa, Florida.

“We’ve lost an American original,” the White House said in a statement. “Gen. 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.” Former President George H.W. Bush, humself in a Houston-area hospital battling a lingering fever, called Schwarzkopf “a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation.”

More on operation Desert Storm here. Stormin’ Norman – you will be missed.