According to US media reports, leader of the US troops in the 1991 Gulf War has died. Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf died at the age of 78.
He was popularly known as Stormin Norman. He was the commander of the coalition forces in the first Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.
It was under his administration that drove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait.
He was described as “one the greatest military leaders of his generation” by former US President George Walker Bush.
General Schwarzkopf spent his retirement in Tampa, Florida, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of the US Central Command.
Popular BBC journalist said his success in the military had made him one of America’s most famous modern generals although some condemned him for negotiating ceasefire terms, which made it possible for Saddam Hussein to remain in power
Former President Bush, who was in office during the Gulf War I said he mourned the unfortunate loss of General Schwarzkopf because he was one of the greatest military leaders of his generation.
The former President who is still in the Intensive Care Unit at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas issued a press statement which read :
“A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomised the ‘;duty, service, country’; creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great nation through our most trying international crises.
“More than that, he was a good and decent man – and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife Brenda and his wonderful family.”
Aside the former President’s statement, US Republican Senator John McCain tweeted that General Schwarzkopf was “one of the great American heroes. We thank him for his service”
The US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, also paid tribute to the general, saying his 35 years of service to the nation had left an unforgettable imprint on both the US military and the country.
He added that his courage and bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars and set him on the path led the US troops into battle in Grenada and then took charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command.
He died at age 78. He was born on the 22 August 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey