Norman Schwarzkopf, Retired General, Dies at 78

Celebrity News Dec. 27, 2012 AT 7:30PM
General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. on October 31, 2004. General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. on October 31, 2004. Credit: AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE

Retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, in Tampa, Fla., a U.S. official told the Associated Press. He was 78 years old.

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Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led forces that helped free Kuwait of Saddam Hussein's occupation during the Gulf War in the early 1990s, was a decorated combat soldier who served in Vietnam before being promoted to General in 1988.

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Known popularly as "Stormin' Norman," he retired from active service in 1991, after which time he wrote an autobiography, It Doesn't Take a Hero, and served as a military analyst for NBC. In 1993, he was diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer.

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Prior to his death, Schwarzkopf lived in Tampa, Fla., where he served his last military assignment. He is survived by his three children, Cynthia, Jessica, and Christian.

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