02:58 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 12/27/2012 08:10PM
H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the Army general who commanded coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War against Saddam Hussein, died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78.
The cause of death was not immediately known. His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by a source.
Known as "Stormin' Norman" for his volcanic temper, the decorated Vietnam War combat soldier became a familiar face from his many press conferences during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
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