Retired General: H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Retired United States General, Norman Schwarzkopf, has died Thursday in Tampa, Florida. The spokesperson was not authorized to release information publicly. He was 78. Born in Trenton, New Jersey and known for his work as a lead investigator on the 1932 Lindberg kidnapping before returning to his Army career rising to the rank of Major General.
He was a West Point cadet. In 1946, when he was 12, he and the rest of his family joined their father, stationed in Iran. After attending Valley Forge Military Academy he graduated 43rd in his class in 1956 with a BS degree and MS degree in engineering in 1964, in the field study of guided missiles , a program that USC developed with the Army, which incorporated both aeronautical and mechanical training and later attended the U.S. War College.
Schwarzkopf served as a task force adviser in Vietnam. When his tour of duty was over, he returned to serve two years of teaching at West Point. In 1968, Major Schwarzkopf became a Lieutenant Colonel. In his autobiograpy It Doesn’t Take a Hero it is very evident that his reputation as an officer who would risk his life for the soldiers under his command was well known.
In 1988, he was promoted to General and next appointed Commander-in-Chief of Central Command for the United States. Schwarzkopf once prepared a detailed plan for the defense of the oil fields against a hypothetical invasion in the Middle East in a war game in 1990. Within the same month, Iraq invaded Kuwait, and Schwarzkopf’s plan had an immediate practical application, which was as the basis for the defense of Saudi Arabia in Operation Desert Shield he commanded the U.S.-led international coalition in 1991,that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait. He was personally very visible in the conduct of the war, giving frequent press conferences, and was dubbed “Stormin’ Norman.” On May 4, 2008 Schwarzkopf was inducted into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame. In retirement, Schwarzkopf served as a military analyst for NBC, He retired from active service in August 1991 and lived in Tampa Florida until his death in 2012.