WASHINGTON – Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn´t care much for his popular "Stormin´ Norman" nickname.The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander´s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."
I´ll take your word for the observation that this is a more informative obit. It makes a faint slam on Gulf War II and leaves out detail on the ´mine field´. I remember the story when it was mentioned to explain why the General took issue with a reporter who made light of Schwarzkopf sending troops into Kuwait over mine fields.
As I recall, Schwarzkopf was flying low in a helicopter from one point to another in Viet Nam when he spied troops pinned down in a rice paddy. He ordered the pilot to fly down and land to provide assistance (he had to do it; the pilot wanted to remain on course). Upon landing, he found that the problem was that the paddy had been mined. He immediately helped the soldier, wounded by mines, who couldn´t move under fire without risking mines.
Afterwards, Schwarzkopf noticed that he began to receive gracious treatment by black soldiers which puzzled him. When he asked the reason for the thaw, he was told that the soldier he rescued was black.
I understand he replied something to the tune of "Oh. I guess he was."
I served under him in the Gulf War, as well as worked on his CENTCOM aircraft at Robins. He and his wife were most gracious passengers-genuine and down to earth. When his wife would accompany him on mid-east visits, she always brought us home baked cookies for the aircrew and staff. May God grant Norman eternal peace.
Schwarzkopf was born Aug. 24, 1934, in Trenton, N.J., where his father, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., founder and commander of the New Jersey State Police, was then leading the investigation of the Lindbergh kidnap case, which ended with the arrest and 1936 execution of German-born carpenter Richard Hauptmann for stealing and murdering the famed aviator’s infant son.
posted on the Blaze with many details of the travels and schooling around the world that made him such a remarkable man
Back during his high command days, General Schwarzkopf used to have a large USAF command aircraft that he flew around the world on. He had a big seat in the plane that had a red colored backrest with four white stars on it. My daughter used to like to sit in that seat when the General was not around. I think she still has photographs of herself sitting there.
His autobiography, "It Doesn´t Take a Hero" is an excellent read. I have a copy signed by the General and I remember how warm and friendly he was to all who stood in line at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue. RIP, sir.
I was an enlisted soldier back in the mid-80s stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. Gen. Schwarzkopf was I Corps Commander there. In May 1987, we had a ceremony in honor of the bi-centennial of the constitution. All the infantry brigades were in formation on the parade grounds and at the end of the ceremony, Schwarzkopf reviewed us standing in the back if his command Humvee. Years later, after the Gulf War, Parade Magazine interviewed him for a story and asked him what was his most memorable event during his service. He named that ceremony for the Constitution, which amazed me given all the combat he´d seen.
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