|He set his star by a simple motto: duty, honor, country.
Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma,
moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an
entire nation. But such a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the
Allied Forces during the Persian Gulf War. Beneath the medals and bravado is a tough
yet compassionate General who earned the loyalty of his troops for being a
muddy-boots soldier. During his 35 years of service in the U.S.
Military, he was awarded many honors including three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two
Purple Hearts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
General Schwarzkopf was born in
Trenton, New Jersey in 1934. He graduated from the United States Military Academy,
West Point in 1956 and earned a maters degree from the University of Southern
California School of Engineering in 1964.
Schwarzkopf has served in numerous and varied command and staff assignments throughout the
United States, Europe and the Pacific. During
his years of service, he commanded Army units from platoon through corps level.
He served two combat tours
in the Republic of Vietnam and attained the rank of general in 1978. In 1983 he was
designated the Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in the Grenada student rescue operation.
In 1988 he was appointed to head the U.S. Central Command. After Iraq invaded
Kuwait in August 1990, he was responsible for planning and executing Operation Desert
Shield and Desert Storm. After the war, he retired from the military.
Since his retirement from
the military, Schwarzkopf has joined the ranks of successful authors with the publication
of his best selling autobiography, It Doesnt Take a Hero, and has participated
in six critically acclaimed television specials, including the Peabody Award winning
special, D-Day. He is currently working as a consultant with NBC.
has been actively involved in conservation throughout his life and is currently serving on
the Nature Conservancys President Conservation Council and is the national
spokesperson for the Recovery of the Grizzly Bear. Additionally,
the General is chairman of the STARBRIGHT Capital Campaign, which strives to improve the
quality of life for seriously ill children; co-founder with Paul Newman of the Boggy Creek
Gang, a year-round camp in Florida for children with chronic illness; national
spokesperson for prostate cancer awareness and member of the board of Cap CURE. He also served as the chairman of the National
Coalition for Cancer Survivorships March on Washington.
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