Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at Age 78 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Gulf War Commander Schwarzkopf Dies at Age 78

Dec 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Lead Article

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was a United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S. Central Command and commander of coalition forces in the first Gulf War.

Schwarzkopf died December 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida at age 78 (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) due to complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife Brenda and three children: Cynthia Schwarzkopf, Jessica Schwarzkopf and Christian Schwarzkopf.

After attending Valley Forge Military Academy, Schwarzkopf, an army brat, attended the United States Military Academy, where he graduated 43rd in his class in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also attended the University of Southern California, where he received a Master of Science in mechanical engineering in 1964. His special field of study was guided missile engineering, a program that USC developed with the Army, which incorporated both aeronautical and mechanical training. He later attended the U.S. Army War College.

Upon graduating from West Point he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He received advanced infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a platoon leader and served as executive officer of a company in the 2nd Airborne Battle Group, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Next he was aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of the Berlin Brigade in 1960 and 1961, a crucial time in the history of that divided city (the Berlin Wall was erected by East German and Soviet forces only a week after he left). In 1965, after completing his masters degree at USC, Schwarzkopf served at West Point as an instructor in the mechanical engineering department.

In 1988, he was promoted to General and was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Central Command. In 1990, General Schwarzkopf’s offensive operational plan, called Operation Desert Storm went into Iraq behind the Iraqi forces occupying Kuwait and was widely credited with bringing the ground war to a close in just four days. Because of this quick action initiative, he was dubbed “Stormin’ Norman.”

Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf during Desert Storm

Paul Wolfowitz, under secretary of defense for policy, takes notes while Gen. Colin Powell, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., commander-in-chief, U.S. Central Command, listen to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney answer questions from the media. The men are taking part in a press conference held by U.S. and Saudi Arabian officials during Operation Desert Storm. – February 1991-PH2 SUSAN CARL

He retired from active service in August 1991. In retirement, Schwarzkopf served as a military analyst for NBC, most recently for Operation Iraqi Freedom, along with promoting prostate cancer awareness, a disease with which he was diagnosed in 1993, and for which he was successfully treated.


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