General H. Norman Schwarzkopf: Requiescat in Pace

I feel that retired generals should never miss an opportunity to remain silent concerning matters for which they are no longer responsible.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led the allied forces in the Gulf War of 1990-1991, died yesterday at age 78.  Schwarzkopf was a tough, no nonsense combat soldier who led from the front.  He was awarded the silver star three times for acts of heroism.  He was tough to work for, earning his Army nickname of The Bear, a testament to both his temper and his exacting standards.  He never, however, asked more from his men than he was willing to give himself.  He was part of the generation of young officers who after Vietnam rebuilt the Army and turned it into a formidable all volunteer force.  In retirement he refused all attempts to convince him to enter politics and devoted himself to charitable work.  He was the living embodiment of the motto of the US Army infantry:  “Follow Me”.

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Published in: on December 28, 2012 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. And a living (no longer, alas) rebuke to the media whores and political generals who seem to be hogging all the command posts these days.

    • Schwarzkopf in many ways was a throwback to a better day. We have far too many “political” generals these days who are a disgrace.


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