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.