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Ret. General Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, Dies In Tampa

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SHREVEPORT, LA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society with the Patriot?s Award during the Society?s annual National Patriot?s Dinner on September 12, 2002 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Gettyimages)

SHREVEPORT, LA – SEPTEMBER 12: Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society with the Patriot?s Award during the Society?s annual National Patriot?s Dinner on September 12, 2002 in Shreveport, Louisiana. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Gettyimages)

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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/AP) — Retired General H. Normas Schwarzkopf has died in Tampa at the age of 78, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

Schwarzkopf commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991.

The official said Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn’t authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as “Stormin’ Norman” for a notoriously explosive temper.

He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

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