Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who for many was the public face of the Gulf War, has passed away in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 78. He is being remembered on Twitter tonight as an American patriot and hero.

President George H.W. Bush, currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Houston, issued the following statement.

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.

  • Lisa Dean

    RIP Gen. Schwarzkopf. A true American hero and patriot. God Speed General.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    A true soldier! He’ll be missed.

  • GoofyGary

    Maybe in the same class with General Patton.

  • Garth Haycock

    RIP General. You were one of the greatest military strategists to ever lead the United States Army. The world is a lesser place now that you’ve passed.

  • An American Veteran

    I am a Desert Storm Veteran Fleet Hospital Five, Rest in peace Sir, it was an honor to be part of history with you.

    • Kim T. Kennemer

      He is being remembered on Twitter tonight as an American patriot and hero.

    • BlueGood

      I read his autobiography years ago, he truly is/was a Hero, but a very kind & feeling war Hero…

      RIP General, God knows we’ll need more good men like you pretty soon!

  • Booker

    Wow. Stormin Norman. RIP.

  • HARP2

    RIP General

  • BeeKaaay

    RIP Stormin’ Norman!

  • LadyMacKeltar

    Thank you General, for your years of service to our beloved country. RIP Stormin’ Norman.

  • TundraThunder

    R.I.P. General Schwarzkopf! You were a true American and a great leader of our military’s men and women!

    And the vile remarks from the pansies on the left start in 3 …. 2 …. 1 …

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  • GaryTheBrave

    He should’ve received the 5th star.

    I remember a post-war news conference. A reporter asked a 2-minute long question. Gen. Schwarzkopf replied that he was going to spend his retirement diagramming the question.

  • Dan Thorpe

    RIP General, its your heroic service that gave the idiots the freedom to speak their mind. A true American hero.

    • Ronald

      Defended maybe. Not gave.

  • RightThinking1

    Nice video. I recall watching it when it was broadcast. You’ll note that he is wearing a wristwatch on each wrist. One was local time, the other D.C.

  • John Leon

    God Rest your soul General. You are in a better place. Thanks to men of your integrity and patriotism our nation has lived free and prospered. I pray it continues. Sadly I have lost my optimism.

  • Libertyship46

    A great American has died, and much too soon. We certainly need more like him.

  • SpinMeNot

    Charlie Mike, Sir, Charlie Mike.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Here’s to you, Stormin’ Norman! We’ll miss you, soldier!

  • Libertyship46

    He was a great American who devoted his life to his country. Many men try, but he achieved much in his lifetime. He will be missed.

  • Lady 12

    Rest in peace, General. We will fight hard to protect the country you loved so your efforts will not have been in vain.

  • Lady 12

    That wisecrack about the French should go down amid the greatest quotes in history.

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