Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. dies; Bush issues statement from ICU

HOUSTON (KHOU) -- President George H.W. Bush, who remains in the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital, released the following statement Thursday evening on the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

"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."

General Schwarzkopf commanded the U.S. led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991.

Its still unclear exactly what caused his death.

General Schwarzkopf was 78.


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