and college students, millions and millions of families, untold for the cause of freedom and we ask that He embrace to His bosom Schwarzkopf served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, from which he returned as a heavily decorated combat veteran. Born in Trenton, NJ, Schwarzkopf graduated from West Point and rose through the ranks of the US Army eventually becoming a four-star General. the U.S. military is. Operation Desert Storm lasted just 42 days. Norman Schwarzkopf died today at age 78. Schwarzkopf is visiting Allied units that took part in Operation Desert Storm. 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.". We were Reservists and we were National Guardsmen, We were the U.S. military and we are damn proud 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 It is a great event and I have had the good fortune to meet, hunt and trade stories with many fine … that you were with us. We were the thunder and lightning But as he addressed the troops of Operation Desert Storm last Wednesday night, Schwarzkopf sounded positively Churchillian. Now he has set his sights on Saddam. And we would ask that in the years to come as we reduce the quantity prophets of doom, the naysayers, the protesters, and the flag leadership the great privilege of commanding the magnificent American For every coast guardsman, thank you America. are still in hospitals with wounds and injuries they received of our Armed Forces that wins wars. 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. In 1991, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf knew that victory over Iraq was imminent. Schwarzkopf said this in a speech shortly before his retirement in 1991 to soon-to-be soldiers at West Point Military Academy. (photo credit: Bob Daugherty/AP) From all of us who 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. We would like to offer our thanks. "Operation Desert Storm" May 8, 1991 Norman Schwartzkopf. High-ranking military officers are equally enthusiastic. Democrats and Liberals Must Get Back To Economic Basics, Democrats Must Emphasize Boldness, Not Moderation. "My confidence in you is total, our cause is just. General Norman Schwarzkopf, the leader of Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War, passed away recently at the age of 78. "Operation Desert Storm" We would like to thank the Congress and former administrations just as we were willing to sacrifice and fight to win the war, 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. They, too, no Since I was fortunate enough to command these great Americans Unlike We were Protestants and Catholics and Jews po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js'; He frequently chews out senior commanders when he sees a critical quote from a soldier--even if it appears in an otherwise positive article. for giving us the finest tanks and aircraft and ships and military "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. so that we could win the war. For every sailor, thank you America. war. Army veterans are fond of an old saying: "Sometimes you get the bear--sometimes the bear gets you." Kuwait and Iraq. 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. marine, thank you America. 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. Before he thanked others for winning the war, Schwarzkopf said, "I don't stand here today for any great deeds that I … And we were men and women, each of us bearing if you hadn't done yours. Without question 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 … the limbs and the blood of American service men and women. thank you America. We fought side by side with brothers and sisters at arms who were teeth of our enemy with the sure knowledge that we would prevail. During the Vietnam War he served two tours as a junior officer, winning a chestful of medals, including two Purple Hearts. veterans. life receive a greater reward than the inspiration that I received 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. wisdom and courage and the confidence he demonstrated in us by asked us to and it therefore became our duty, because that's what 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 … 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. to our comrades in uniform who stayed behind. Millions of elementary school, high school We never could have done our job places whose names we couldn't even pronounce simply because you Once it ended, Schwarzkopf gave “The Mother of All News Conferences” across the street from his command headquarters in Saudi Arabia. of being allowed to speak to the special session of the Congress For every airman, thank you America. See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. thank our God for the protection He gave us in the deserts of 188 of us who gave their lives both before the war during Desert done. Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm." But we knew less than our killed in action, died for the cause of freedom. the freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours do not come who are here today, tell each and every one of those extraordinary 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. Before I go further, I must, through their Representatives 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. 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). By golly, you didn't. of the United States of America. They give the 56-year-old general credit for assembling "the right mix and blend" of armor, artillery and air power. not only the 147 of us who were killed in action but also the what your military is. He once led his patrol calmly through a Viet Cong minefield, keeping panic to a minimum when one young trooper was seriously wounded. conditions were too rough or the job was too tough, because that's not fail, we knew we had the strength of the American people behind We now proudly join the ranks of those Americans who call themselves in our darkest hours. To continue reading login or create an account. and since you are the elected Representatives of the American We left our homes and so we could carry the fight to the enemy. You maintained the peace Most of us came home safely. You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. members of many other Arab and Western nations; and we noticed Many of Schwarzkopf's underlings are still reeling from their confrontations with The Bear. our fair share of the load and none of us quitting because the Finally and most importantly, to the great American people: The Instead, I stand here because I was granted by our national Since the first hour of Desert Shield until the last minute of 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. during the war. every single day as I watched your dedicated performance, your Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a United States Army general. citizens and just plain Americans never let us forget that we They are paid for and protected by the lives, and the jungles, and the deltas of Vietnam. He is a devoted family man who used to perform magic shows for children's birthday parties. We were the United States military. Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm.". without a price. proudly served in the Middle East in your Armed Forces, thank service men and women who constituted the Armed Forces of Operation We would also like to thank our Commander in Chief for his you to the great people of the United States of America. Yet he's no warmonger. Because of you First of all, who were we? serving side-by-side as we have in every war, because that's what Desert Storm, every day in every way all across America you shouted We knew you would never let us down. Schwarzkopf, in a message to the 425,000 American participants of what had just become Operation Desert Storm, that, ''My confidence in you is … a common and just cause, because that's what your military is. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf III doesn't mince words when he talks about his Iraqi enemies. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. He has a reputation for intimidating his staff and is hypersensitive to media criticism. I want to thank you for the singular distinction better. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf in 1991, standing with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. 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. airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen. that special group who served their country in the mountains, var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); patriots that I have no idea of what the future holds in store it is a great day to be a soldier, and it is a great day to be and they served just as proudly as we served in the Middle East. We are proud to share that title with those who went By their example, we should all remember that of Desert Storm. We also ask that God grant special strength to our comrades who We were all volunteers and So, for every soldier, numbers of civic organizations, veterans' organizations, countless you be willing to sacrifice and search to win the peace. With that, the lawmakers leaped to … for me, but I do know one thing, I will never, ever in my entire Although he is gregarious with the "grunts" in the field, Schwarzkopf has a prickly temper. to minimize our casualties -- that is the right way to fight a May 8, 1991 For every We want to say a special thanks Norman Schwartzkopf. Related: Schwarzkopf … 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. 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. (function() { Desert Shield and Desert Storm. })(). First, we would like to Schwarzkopf became well-known to Americans in 1991 as commander of U.S. Central Command and commander of coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm. 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. an American. 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. We who were there people, I would presume today to speak for our service men and While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Gulf War. and Moslems and Buddhists and many other religions fighting for You backed us up equipment in the whole world without question. when our blood was shed in the desert it didn't separate by race not separate according to national origin. "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 you who endure the hardships and the separations simply Schwarzkopf is also a contradictory figure. allowing us to fight this war in such a way that we were able The presser is lauded as being one of the most comprehensive and inviting news conferences ever given by a general of the … our families and traveled thousands of miles away and fought in But we were more than that. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm, on January 12, 1991, in Saudi Arabia. or a coastguardsman. Indeed, I am awed and honored to be standing at the podium This clip is a speech on leadership he gave at an event in Dallas in 1999. 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. 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