General Norman Schwarzkopf, who lead U.S. forces during the first Gulf War has died.

FOX News Radio's Jessica Rosenthal takes a look back at his life and storied military career:

General Norman Schwarzkopf capped his long Military career by leading the U.S. Army against Iraqi troops, forcing Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in what was called Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He was known as Stormin Norman. He had a temper. But his friend and former Army Vice Chief of Staff Jack Keane says his heart was as big as he was, and remembered him as a communicator:

Keane: "I think one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen was after the very successful campaign in Desert Storm. He took to the podium and described this incredible campaign and I remember the anchor at the time who will go nameless said; I've never heard anything like that in my life."

Schwarzkopf was retired, living in Tampa which was also where he had served his last military assignment as Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command. He was 78.

Jessica Rosenthal, FOX News Radio.

Editor's Note: General Schwarzkopf's sister says he died of complications from pneumonia.


Read a statement from President Obama on the passing of General Schwarzkopf:

With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, we've lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, General Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved. Our prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family, who tonight can know that his legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service.

Read a statement from Defense Secretary Panetta on the passing of General Schwarzkopf:

The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of General Norman Schwarzkopf, whose 35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country. The son of a decorated Army officer, General Schwarzkopf followed his father's legacy of service by enrolling in West Point in the 1950s. His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three silver stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as Commander of United States Central Command. General Schwarzkopf's skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition. In the aftermath of that war, General Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader. Today, we recall that enduring legacy and remember him as one of the great military giants of the 20th century. My thoughts and prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family in this time of sadness and grief.

Read a statement from President George H.W. Bush on the passing of General Schwarzkopf:

HOUSTON -- Following is a statement approved by President Bush, who remains in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, on the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

"Barbara and I mourn the loss of a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation. A distinguished member of that Long Gray Line hailing from West Point, General Norm Schwarzkopf, to me, epitomized the 'duty, service, country' creed that has defended our freedom and seen this great Nation through our most trying international crises. More than that, he was a good and decent man -- and a dear friend. Barbara and I send our condolences to his wife Brenda and his wonderful family."

Read a statement from Colin Powell on the passing of General Schwarzkopf:

"With the passing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America lost a great patriot and a great soldier. Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years. The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. "Stormin' Norman" led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation. He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him. My wife Alma joins me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife Brenda and to her family."

-General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired)

Read a statement from former Vice President Cheney on the passing of General Schwarzkopf:

General Norm Schwarzkopf was an outstanding military commander and a great American. He was a superb leader, who managed one of the largest, most complex military coalitions in history in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and he deserves much of the credit for its success. I am proud and honored to have known and worked with him. The nation owes him a deep debt of gratitude for his years of service.

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