Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died Dec. 27, 2012, at the age of 78, from complications of pneumonia in Tampa, Fla. Today our country said her official goodbye.
A current West Point cadet wrote these words this afternoon, “Our country finally laid to rest one of the greatest commanders of all time today. It is fitting that he be laid to rest on the 22nd anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation.”
General Norman Schwarzkopf was the straight-talking, no nonsense, commander of the U.S.-led forces that ousted Saddam Hussein’s invading forces from Kuwait in 1991.
A 1956 graduate of West Point, Gen. Schwarzkopf served two tours in Vietnam; his first tour as an advisor to the South Vietnamese, the second a battalion commander in the U.S. 23rd Infantry Division, more commonly referred to as the Americal Division.
The Seattle PI published this Associated Press release this afternoon:
His family and friends joined Kuwaiti officials, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, gray clad cadets and a detail of New Jersey state troopers for a memorial service in the academy’s gothic chapel Thursday afternoon.
His remains were buried afterward at the cemetery on the grounds of the storied military institution.
Many feel the six-week assault to rid Saddam Hussein and his thugs from Kuwait never would have been the success it was without Gen. Schwarzkopf.
Speaking once to reporters, Gen. Schwarzkopf had this to say about the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein:
“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man; I want you to know that.”
Exmainer’s Note: Thank you Charles J. Koch, West Point, for the inspiration for today’s article.
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