Skip to comments.Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies
Posted on 12/27/2012 4:31:56 PM PST by WisconsinladyEdited on 12/28/2012 4:45:17 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
WASHINGTON Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.
The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."
That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children's charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.
He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he'd served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.
Schwarzkopf capped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 -- but he'd managed to keep a low profile in the public debate over the second Gulf War against Iraq, saying at one point that he doubted victory would be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon predicted.
Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in 1988, overseeing the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.
This is still America. We will see his like again. We just don't know his name yet.
Schwarzkopf was at the Battle of IA DRANG? I did not know that.
I hope you are well, Aloha Ronnie. Have a Blessed New Year!
The NRA is under full-scale attack in Washington. After George Bush cleared the ground by quitting the NRA, President Clinton landed. Speaking to families of slain policemen, he decried as enemies of the "American Way" those who "run down" law enforcement. Privately, some Republicans urged the NRA to disown its now infamous fund-raising letter, which called U.S. agents "jackbooted thugs" in "Nazi bucket helmets." Such alarmism had long since become obnoxious to another prominent NRA member: retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. The gulf-war hero disclosed to NEWSWEEK last week that he had quit the NRA a few years ago. They are "very inflexible and almost radical," he said. "They appeal to a fringe element of gun owners."
Rest in well deserved peace, General Bear.
God bless the Bear’s soul. He was a man. This world needs more men.
I do believe you are on the Wrong site. Spout your drivel somewhere else.
R.I.P. General, hope to see you at Fiddler’s Green.
Good luck with that thought.
Not to start thread drift but you know who else did this very thing. George Patton. They called him "blood and guts" but it was the enemy's blood and guts left on the ground. His troops suffered the lowest casualty rate of all frontline American Armies in the WWII campaign, not despite his aggressiveness, but because of it. Like Patton, Schwartzkopf knew the value of a swift, strong offense.
..The second battle (of IA DRANG-1965)was fought by troops from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Airborne Brigade, under BG Du Quoc Dong, with LTC Ngo Quang Truong, chief of staff under Dong, in tactical command. Another U.S. officer, who would rise to the highest ranks, was an adviser to the Airborne at the battle: then-major H Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.. Schwarzkopf held Truong in the highest respect. 
Condolences to family and friends of General Schwarzkopf. America’s finest. Thank you, sir.
Canteen ping for a final salute to a great general.
Cleanup on aisle 147.
RIP . One more patriot of the Constitution goes to his rest.
May the good Lord keep you safe in the palm of his hand.
He will be sorely missed in the near battles to come.
I didn’t know MSNBC Ed posted here.
I smell an ozone ZOT in your future.
Prayers up... RIP
“All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.”
repetition > familiarity > indifference > contempt
(sound like part of the game plan of any particular bastard half-breed traitor vermin with whom y'all may be nauseating familiar ?)
This Australian was proud to serve under his command.
RIP General...you were a fine man and a heck of a shooter. I had the pleasure of shooting sporting clays with the General in Tampa, FL in May 1995. Great guy!
Neil Armstrong ... now a great General fading away. 2012 has been a year of great loses.
My condolences for General Schwarzkopf’s family. And thank you for his service to our country and your sacrifices as well.
That pic was taken during Desert Storm.
Note he’s wearing two watches. He set one to Iraq time, the other to Wash DC time. Clever.
What a loss. Hadn’t heard much on him of late. Wonder if he’d been ill.
Until the death today, I wonder if Obama had ever even heard of General Schwartzkopf. I suppose he had recognition of the name.
Did you lose respect for Admiral Stockdale too when in the 1992 V.P. “debate” he emerged as a strong proponent of abortion?
A good man and the last of America’s real generals. He was the real deal, not a Petraeus, McChrystol type that would be just as happy working at general electric or some university.
And Stormin’ Norman ran America’s last war with things like battleships bombarding the enemy with 16 inch, F-4s flying SEAD, OV-10s instead of drones, artillery prep before attacks, B-52s carpet bombing with iron bombs three times a day, for weeks at a time,,, Daisy cutters being dropped “just because”. And oh yeah, the last war with Bob Hope.
After Norman left, the pussies took over. Fiddlers Green now, rest in peace sir.
Tampa local news tributes are describing declining health over the past two years. He is in a better place. RIP.
“Sadly, only queers are replacing real men and leaders like this now.”
I am convinced that issues like the one you noted shortened the life of a dedicated patriot and General Officer.
My conviction stems from a comment made to me by a treasured friend and retired Brig. General. He told me that he can no longer in good conscience, write letters of recommendation for individuals applying to one of our military academies. He too is a patriot and as brave a man as I’ve ever known.
1991- Desert Storm. I was a private there. He was the General in Charge. RIP sir. Your leadership is greatly appreciated.
Whoa, this was a surprise. God bless you General and thank you for your service to our country.
God bless you for your service and devotion to your country, General Schwarzkopf. I thank you for what you have done.
Rest in peace, Faithful Warrior.
I remember the TV briefings after Desert Storm...I LOVED this Man.