General H. Norman Schwarzkop's Involvement in the Conflict Between Iraq and Kuwait
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In 1990, the U.S. found itself in the middle of a conflict between Iraq and Kuwait. Iraq invaded Kuwait and took over the country and was threatening the world’s oil economy. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf is the Commander in Chief of the United States Army Central Command, CENTCOM, at the time and is about to make his mark in military history. GEN Schwarzkopf along with GEN Colin Powell will become the newest military commanders to lead the U.S. military into battle. This conflict will go down in history as one of the fastest battles of all times. This will also bring to end the career of one of the U.S. military’s greatest leaders.
On August 22, 1934, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey to Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. and Ruth Alice (Bowman). Sr., being a military officer himself, serving in WWI and WWII, would go on to retire as a Major General. His longstanding military career and West Point background would play crucial to his son’s success.
GEN Schwarzkopf spent his early childhood in Lawrenceville, New Jersey with his two sisters (Ruth Ann and Sally). After his father served in World War II the family accompanied him on his assignment to Iran where the younger Schwarzkopf attended elementary school. He later attended school in Geneva, Switzerland and then attended school at Valley Forge Military Academy. Schwarzkopf went to the same famed military academy as his father, West Point, where he excelled on several sports teams. He was also a member of the chapel choir. After graduating West Point in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering Schwarzkopf would later go on to earn a master’s degree in the same subject from the University of Southern California.
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...se of his father in the West Point Cemetery in a ceremony attended by cadets, military leaders, and New Jersey State Police officers. In the words of many Americans GEN Schwarzkopf will be remembered for all time as one of the greatest military leaders in U.S. history.
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