Yahoo News asked veterans for their thoughts and appreciations of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who died Thursday at 78.
COMMENTARY | I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I never had a chance to serve under General Schwarzkopf. My former company, 593rd S & S Company, was under his command during Desert Storm. Thanks to General Schwarzkopf's leadership, none of my former comrades in arms perished during Desert Storm. Gen. Schwarzkopf will always be remembered as the general who ran Saddam Hussein's troops out of Kuwait.
Many veterans of Desert Storm I have talked to about Stormin' Norman refer to him as the U.S. Army's Desert Fox. He outsmarted, outfought, and made Saddam's renowned storm troopers look like rank amateurs in the art of war. Stormin Norman was my hero for many reasons: He saved the lives of my friends and family. He was smarter than your average four star general. When everyone demanded that he follow Iraqi troops into Baghdad, he ignored them. That decision saved countless American and European troops' lives.
No other general in American history has commanded so much respect, perhaps besides George Washington and Douglas MacArthur. Schwarzkopf was truly a man's man. He certainly deserves his place in American history. Today we mourn the loss of a great man. Tomorrow I know that his former students of war will lead America to victory once again. I can only hope the lessons he taught to soldiers around the world will keep the world safe.
So let us say goodbye to my hero by quoting him: "Anybody who says they're not afraid of war is either a liar, or they're crazy."
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