H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Military Leader

Born: 22 August 1934
Died: 27 December 2012
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey
Best known as:

U.S. General during the Persian Gulf War

Name at birth: Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf

A four-star general in the U.S. Army, H. Norman Schwarzkopf was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command during the Persian Gulf War against Saddam Hussein (1990-91). He graduated from West Point in 1956 and spent most of his career in field assignments, including two tours of duty in Vietnam (1965-66 and 1969-70). Norman Schwarzkopf served as deputy commander of U.S. forces in the invasion of Grenada (1983), and he gained international recognition as director of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War, leading U.S. and Allied troops to a decisive victory against Iraq. Nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," Schwarzkopf achieved celebrity status for the way he handled himself during his frequent television press conferences. He retired from the Army in 1992 and served at times as a TV commentator on military affairs. His autobiography, It Doesn't Take a Hero, was published in 1992. 

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His father, also H. Norman Schwarzkopf, was an army officer who served in World War I and World War II, and was the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police during the notorious "Lindbergh baby" kidnapping case of the 1930s... Norman Schwarzkopf married his wife, Brenda, in 1968. They had three children: Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.

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