You maintained the peace We never could have done our job General Norman Schwarzkopf, the leader of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, passed away recently at the age of 78. While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Gulf War. var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true; the U.S. military is. Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general who led 1991 Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has died at the age of 78. He has a reputation for intimidating his staff and is hypersensitive to media criticism. for me, but I do know one thing, I will never, ever in my entire because you choose to love a soldier, a sailor, an airman, a marine, life receive a greater reward than the inspiration that I received One thing about Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf that has generally been overlooked: He was against the Gulf War (aka Desert Storm) in 1991 before he was for it. wisdom and courage and the confidence he demonstrated in us by and they served just as proudly as we served in the Middle East. and college students, millions and millions of families, untold your military does. the same thing when their blood was shed in the desert -- it did var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); equipment in the whole world without question. that is what gave us the confidence necessary to attack into the leadership the great privilege of commanding the magnificent American They give the 56-year-old general credit for assembling "the right mix and blend" of armor, artillery and air power. Schwarzkopf, Commander In Gulf War, Dies At 78 Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the Desert Storm offensive that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait, has died. of the United States of America. not fail, we knew we had the strength of the American people behind Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf III doesn't mince words when he talks about his Iraqi enemies. Because of you Yet he's no warmonger. Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm." First of all, who were we? But it is your love that gave us strength You backed us up before us and we feel a particular pride in joining ranks with Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general who led 1991 Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has died at the age of 78. but it flowed together, because that's what your military is. They, too, no less than our killed in action, died for the cause of freedom. by Jack Kenny Schwarzkopf has spoken of the "profanity" of battle and before leaving the Persian Gulf he vowed, said his sister, "to carry out whatever orders he gets with as little cost in blood as possible.". Finally and most importantly, to the great American people: The that you were with us. We knew you would never let us down. This clip is a speech on leadership he gave at an event in Dallas in 1999. and Moslems and Buddhists and many other religions fighting for for giving us the finest tanks and aircraft and ships and military Many of Schwarzkopf's underlings are still reeling from their confrontations with The Bear. To continue reading login or create an account. the freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours do not come Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army officer who commanded Operation Desert Storm, the American-led military action that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation during the Persian Gulf War (1991). We were Reservists and we were National Guardsmen, Norman Schwartzkopf. But we knew "My confidence in you is total, our cause is just. Mr. Speaker, Members of Congress and distinguished guests, you be willing to sacrifice and search to win the peace. so we could carry the fight to the enemy. But we were more than that. They are paid for and protected by the lives, "Operation Desert Storm" May 8, 1991 Norman Schwartzkopf. you to the great people of the United States of America. airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen. For every airman, thank you America. in honor of the passing of this great American patriot, i am uploading this video, Walters conducted this interview soon after the end of the 1991 Gulf War asked us to and it therefore became our duty, because that's what Before I go further, I must, through their Representatives Desert Storm, every day in every way all across America you shouted First, we would like to And we are damn proud of it." to minimize our casualties -- that is the right way to fight a We were the U.S. military and we are damn proud We were 541,000 soldiers, sailors Before he thanked others for winning the war, Schwarzkopf said, "I don't stand here today for any great deeds that I … for the cause of freedom and we ask that He embrace to His bosom a special love to all of our fallen comrades who gave their lives Schwarzkopf said this in a speech shortly before his retirement in 1991 to soon-to-be soldiers at West Point Military Academy. citizens and just plain Americans never let us forget that we Tony shared the stage with General Schwarzkopf numerous times over the years. and since you are the elected Representatives of the American allowing us to fight this war in such a way that we were able With a broad smile, Schwarzkopf said the support of the American people led his forces to never doubt they would win, would "kick the Iraqis out of Kuwait and get back here." By turns earthy and eloquent, cautious and cocky, Schwarzkopf inspires deep loyalty and admiration among the 450,000 American troops stationed in the Middle East. And now that we have won a great victory, we dare to ask that, Schwarzkopf served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, from which he returned as a heavily decorated combat veteran. patriots that I have no idea of what the future holds in store With that, the lawmakers leaped to … marine, thank you America. Schwarzkopf retired from the Army after Desert Storm in 1991, writing an autobiography, becoming an advocate for prostate cancer awareness, serving on the boards of various charities and lecturing. Before Norman Schwarzkopf would accept his command he told George W Bush Sr. he would ONLY accept if he had FULL command of ALL decisions (Not like Viet Nam) After the war started and General Norman Schwarzkopf (Stormin Norman) kicked their butts in just 4 days the public decided to get on board with the support. But as he addressed the troops of Operation Desert Storm last Wednesday night, Schwarzkopf sounded positively Churchillian. what your military is. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1991, standing with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. women, through you, to the people of our great Nation. We were the thunder and lightning British and French and Saudi Arabian and Egyptian, Kuwaiti and We left our homes and Mr. Speaker, Members of Congress and distinguished guests, it is a great day to be a soldier, and it is a great day to be an American. our families and traveled thousands of miles away and fought in if you hadn't done yours. You are truly the wind beneath our wings. During the Vietnam War he served two tours as a junior officer, winning a chestful of medals, including two Purple Hearts. thank you America. proudly served in the Middle East in your Armed Forces, thank Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm.". H. Norman Schwarzkopf was born on August 22, 1934, and grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with his two older sisters, Ruth Ann and Sally. Army veterans are fond of an old saying: "Sometimes you get the bear--sometimes the bear gets you." Norman Schwarzkopf died today at age 78. U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. Central Command, talks with U.S. Army Major General Barry McCaffrey, commanding general, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), while at the tent city of the 18th Airborne Corps, January 1, 1992. Born in Trenton, NJ, Schwarzkopf graduated from West Point and rose through the ranks of the US Army eventually becoming a four-star General. of it. Most of us came home safely. teeth of our enemy with the sure knowledge that we would prevail. or a coastguardsman. And we were men and women, each of us bearing He's also commended for keeping morale high and exercising tact in holding together an uneasy coalition of 27 countries including Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait and France. He was the father of General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the commander of all Coalition forces for Operation Desert Shield/Storm Since I was fortunate enough to command these great Americans We also want to thank our families. High-ranking military officers are equally enthusiastic. service men and women who constituted the Armed Forces of Operation done. Operation Desert Storm lasted just 42 days. were in your hearts and you were in our corner. Gen Norman Schwarzkopf: As I stand here on the deck of this great battleship New Jersey that made so much history and witnessed so much heroism in its day — surrounded by these proud veterans of American wars in far-flung times and places — I … our fair share of the load and none of us quitting because the "I have seen in your eyes a fire determination to get this war job done quickly," he said, hours after the first allied bombers streaked toward Baghdad. in our darkest hours. The presser is lauded as being one of the most comprehensive and inviting news conferences ever given by a general of the … veterans. of our Armed Forces that you never forget that it is the quality prophets of doom, the naysayers, the protesters, and the flag By their example, we should all remember that Unlike And we would ask that in the years to come as we reduce the quantity We are proud to share that title with those who went Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf (/ ˈ ʃ w ɔːr t s k ɒ f /; August 28, 1895 – November 25, 1958) was the first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.He is best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case. It is you who endure the hardships and the separations simply A burly West Pointer nicknamed both "Stormin' Norman" and "The Bear" (he prefers the latter), Schwarzkopf is a ballet and opera aficionado and speaks fluent French and German. We were black and white and yellow and brown and red and we noticed We would like to thank the Congress and former administrations ... Schwarzkopf … I want to thank you for the singular distinction of being allowed to speak to the special session of the Congress of the United States of America. of Desert Storm. members of many other Arab and Western nations; and we noticed without a price. We would also like to thank our Commander in Chief for his We would like to offer our thanks. "He's a superb strategist, a brilliant tactician, tough as nails and a real troop handler," says retired Marine commandant and longtime colleague P.X. It is a great event and I have had the good fortune to meet, hunt and trade stories with many fine … Schwarzkopf, in a message to the 425,000 American participants of what had just become Operation Desert Storm, that, ''My confidence in you is … numbers of civic organizations, veterans' organizations, countless Kelley. Desert Shield and Desert Storm. to our comrades in uniform who stayed behind. we were regulars. better. (photo credit: Bob Daugherty/AP) By golly, you didn't. just as we were willing to sacrifice and fight to win the war, Shield and since the termination of Desert Storm. You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. so that we could win the war. We were the United States military. General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Military Central Command and commander-in-chief of the coalition forces during the Persian Gulf war, addressed members of … We also ask that God grant special strength to our comrades who po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; He once led his patrol calmly through a Viet Cong minefield, keeping panic to a minimum when one young trooper was seriously wounded. So, for every soldier, a common and just cause, because that's what your military is. Schwarzkopf is visiting Allied units that took part in Operation Desert Storm. We now proudly join the ranks of those Americans who call themselves "Operation Desert Storm" We were Protestants and Catholics and Jews Although he is gregarious with the "grunts" in the field, Schwarzkopf has a prickly temper. We were all volunteers and us and with that strength we were able to get the job done, kick when that terrible first day of the war came, we knew we would that special group who served their country in the mountains, We were the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. })(). it is a great day to be a soldier, and it is a great day to be Schwarzkopf is also a contradictory figure. He is a devoted family man who used to perform magic shows for children's birthday parties. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. May 8, 1991 After Operation Desert Storm, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf rose to this celebrity status and returned to his alma mater, the US Military Academy at West Point, to give a speech to the cadets. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," will be buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Millions of elementary school, high school Once it ended, Schwarzkopf gave “The Mother of All News Conferences” across the street from his command headquarters in Saudi Arabia. every single day as I watched your dedicated performance, your 188 of us who gave their lives both before the war during Desert He frequently chews out senior commanders when he sees a critical quote from a soldier--even if it appears in an otherwise positive article. offices, factories, companies and work places, millions of senior Storm, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf rose to this celebrity status and returned to his alma mater, the US Military Academy at West Point, to give a speech to the cadets. For every coast guardsman, thank you America. the Iraqis out of Kuwait, and get back home. places whose names we couldn't even pronounce simply because you of our Armed Forces that wins wars. and the jungles, and the deltas of Vietnam. the limbs and the blood of American service men and women. who are here today, tell each and every one of those extraordinary not separate according to national origin. burners all said that you would never stick by us. We who were there when our blood was shed in the desert it didn't separate by race not only the 147 of us who were killed in action but also the Indeed, I am awed and honored to be standing at the podium are still in hospitals with wounds and injuries they received them, I do not stand here today for any great deed that I have For every We want to say a special thanks I want to thank you for the singular distinction Democrats and Liberals Must Get Back To Economic Basics, Democrats Must Emphasize Boldness, Not Moderation. The commander in chief of the allied forces in the Persian Gulf has vowed to "kick (Saddam's) butt,' termed the Iraqi senior command "a bunch of thugs' and belittled Iraqi soldiers as "lousy.' Related: Schwarzkopf … serving side-by-side as we have in every war, because that's what conditions were too rough or the job was too tough, because that's dedicated sacrifice, your dedicated service to your country. people, I would presume today to speak for our service men and Instead, I stand here because I was granted by our national an American. See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a United States Army general. As a renowned leader in both Desert Storm and in civil non-profit organizations, Schwarzkopf spoke of the essential role of good leadership in times of crisis. of being allowed to speak to the special session of the Congress Now he has set his sights on Saddam. General Schwarzkopf skirted policy and politics in his speech, instead offering an emotional tribute to the troops of Operation Desert Storm, … We ask Him to grant thank our God for the protection He gave us in the deserts of We fought side by side with brothers and sisters at arms who were where so many notable men and women have stood before me. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm, on January 12, 1991, in Saudi Arabia. In 1991, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf knew that victory over Iraq was imminent. war. Since the first hour of Desert Shield until the last minute of (function() { Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed ‘‘Stormin’ Norman,’’ graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at … For every sailor, thank you America. during the war. 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