Norman Schwarzkopf dead at 78

Norman Schwarzkopf has died, the Associated Press reports.

The retired general — nicknamed ‘Stormin Norman’ — led Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War.

Upon news of his death, a message was released on behalf of former U.S. president George Bush, who remains in hospital in Houston:

“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.”

Here is how Schwarzkopf is being remembered on Twitter:

Schwarzkopf dead at 78

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Thu, Dec 27 2012 17:01:59

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General Norman Schwarzkopf in the Persian Gulf ©
We’ve lost one of the greatest Military minds in history. RIP ‘Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf. You sir are the epitome of a heromarkcrowley2_CO
General [Stormin’] Norman Schwarzkopf, Rest in Peace ©
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: A true American hero and leader, a man of real honor and integrity. Thank you, Sir. RIPStacy
Complex man & war hero too. MT @BowTieCEO: R.I.P. General Schwarzkopf. I’ll never forget our condo on his book. #Leader brock