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The U.S. Army General who is most famous for his role in leading U.S. troops to Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War has died at the age of 78 from pneumonia complications.

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Norman Schwarzkopf‘s impressive military career spanned over three decades and the Vietnam War veteran was known for his no-nonsense and can-do attitude, earning him the nickname, “Stormin’ Norman.”

He commanded more than 540,000 U.S. troops and 200,000 allied forces in the six-week war, a feat that has some hailing his plan to trick and capture Hussein’s forces as one of the greatest accomplishments in military history. 

Politicians are mourning the death of a friend and a legend:

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who built the international coalition against Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait, said he and his wife “mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation,” according to a statement released by his spokesman.

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The White House has also released a statement regarding Schwarzkopf’s death:

The White House called Schwarzkopf “an American original” whose “legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service.”

May he rest in perfect peace.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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