TAMPA (FOX 13) – Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the iconic commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, has died, sources have confirmed to the Associated Press. There was no immediate word what caused his death.
Gen. Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died today, according to the AP. They quoted an official who wasn’t authorized to release the information publicly, and spoke on condition of anonymity.
A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” for a notoriously explosive temper.
He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.
“Stormin’ Norman” showed a much different side in Tampa, though. FOX 13′s Deborah Bowden interviewed him in 2001, when he was leading the charge in helping seriously ill children at the Ronald McDonald House.