Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf has died at the age of 78. The well-known general leaves behind a military legacy which includes pushing Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Schwarzkopf died of complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Fla.
Known as “Stormin’ Norman,” Schwarzkopf was a four-star general who leapt into the worldwide stage in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War when he beat back Saddam Hussein’s forces in Kuwait. However he stayed in the background as debate over the war in Iraq, which began in 2003.
Schwarzkopf had a long proud history in the military. The Washington Post has published a slideshow which shows many of his actions. In 1965 he was photographed helping a Vietnamese paratrooper rescue a wounded solder after a mortar attack in Vietnam. He was also the first person not from an Arab military to receive the King Abdulaziz Order of Merit award. Schwarzkopf was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
After retiring, Gen. Schwarzkopf gave his time to support a number of charities. There’s also an elementary school in Tampa that’s named for him.
The nation also lost another military hero, WWII Medal of Honor recipient and Senator Daniel Inouye, just 10 days ago. He was 88 years old when he passed. Inouye served as a medical volunteer at the age of 17 at Pearl Harbor on the day of Japan’s attack on the base. As the child of a Japanese immigrant, he was declared as an enemy alien. However he enlisted in the U.S. army in 1943. He helped rescue a battalion known as “The Lost Battalion” in the French Vosges and led his platoon against German forces in Italy, even while suffering from a wound in the abdomen and an arm that was shattered by gunfire.