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A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.
Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf is a retired United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S. Central Command, was commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War.
A great military leader. I'm sure he'll not only be missed by his family and friends, but many soldiers around the world.
Originally posted by MrSpad
I met him right before he retired and got to know him a bit as he worked on his book as he seemed to hang around CENTCOM and MacDill in general. I heard he could be handful back in the day but he always seemed like a good guy to me. He gave me signed copy of his book when it came out after I told him I had not bought one because it was sold out at the time. RIP sir.
Schwarzkopf received word that men under his command had encountered a minefield on the notorious Batangan Peninsula, he rushed to the scene in his helicopter, as was his custom while a battalion commander, in order to make his helicopter available. He found several soldiers still trapped in the minefield. Schwarzkopf urged them to retrace their steps slowly. Still, one man tripped a mine and was severely wounded but remained conscious.
As the wounded man flailed in agony, the soldiers around him feared that he would set off another mine. Schwarzkopf, also wounded by the explosion, crawled across the minefield to the wounded man and held him down (using a "pinning" technique from his wrestling days at West Point) so another could splint his shattered leg. One soldier stepped away to break a branch from a nearby tree to make the splint. In doing so, he too hit a mine, which killed him and the two men closest to him, and blew an arm and a leg off Schwarzkopf's artillery liaison officer. Eventually, Schwarzkopf led his surviving men to safety...
“When you get on that plane to go home, if the last thing you think about me is ‘I hate that son of a bitch’, then that is fine because you’re going home alive.” - To his men in Vietnam