A modern American military legend Norman Schwarzkopf has passed away at the age of 78 from complication from pneumonia:
H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the retired general credited with leading U.S.-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, has died at age 78, a U.S. official confirmed to ABC News.
He died today in Tampa, Fla., a U.S. official told the Associated Press.
Schwarzkopf, sometimes called “Stormin’ Norman” because of his temper, actually led Republican administrations to two military victories: a small one in Grenada in the 1980s and a big one as de facto commander of allied forces in the Gulf War in 1991.
“‘Stormin’ Norman’ led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government,” read a statement by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. “His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation.” [ABC News]
You can read the rest about General Schwarzkopf at the link, but something I found interesting reading through his biography was that in 35 years of service he had no assignments to Korea. I have heard before people claim that general officers think an assignment in Korea hinders their career. Can anyone think of some recent big name generals that had assignments to Korea? General Russel Honore’ is one I can think of but he only became well known because of Hurricane Katrina. If it wasn’t for the hurricane no one would have heard of him.