Gen. “Stormin'”Norman Schwarzkopf: 1934-2012

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Retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the iconic commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 78 years old.

There was no immediate word what caused his death.

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf was born August 22, 1934 and is a retired United States Army general who, while he served as Commander of U.S. Central Command, was commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War.

Madonna paid a special tribute to General Schwarzkopf during the 1990 Oscars ceremony on March 25, 1991 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles California. When she performed the Academy Award winning song Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man) from the film Dick Tracy written by Stephen Sondheim she added the line “Talk to me General Schwarzkopf, tell me all about it.”

Her performance was homage to Marilyn Monroe and saluting the general was reminiscent of the 1950s when Monroe paid her respects to General Dwight D. Eisenhower.