Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf Dead in Tampa – RIP

General Norman Schwarzkopf
General Norman Schwarzkopf

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
~ Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the incredible general known as “Stromin’ Norman,”  died today in Tampa, Florida at 2:22 pm.

He was highly decorated and known for his honest and outspoken charm.

Schwarzkopf, a Vietnam War veteran, commanded more than 540,000 U.S. troops and 200,000 allied forces in a six-week war that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991.

Some experts hailed Schwarzkopf’s plan to trick and outflank Hussein’s forces with a sweeping armored movement as one of the great accomplishments in military history. It ended the ground war in only 100 hours.

He died at his home. He was 78. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. 
~  Stormin’ Norman

 A message that applies to everyone:


Birth name Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf
Nickname “Stormin’ Norman”; “The Bear”
Born August 22, 1934
Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died December 27, 2012 (aged 78)
Tampa, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1956 – 1991
Rank General

Commands held 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 198th Infantry Brigade
1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
24th Mechanized Infantry Division
I Corps
U.S. Central Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War

Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Purple Heart