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December 29, 2012

Reaction to the death of Desert Storm commander

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Leaders from around the nation offered their reaction to the death of Norman Schwarzkopf; in addition, one local resident shared her memories of the general she once met.

“He was so gracious,” Mary Creighton said of meeting Gen. Schwarzkopf at a military conference in Las Vegas.

She said oftentimes people in his rank are surrounded by people and one cannot approach them.

“He spoke to me and I thanked him for his service and told him my son was a West Point graduate.

“He was very thoughtful and asked questions about the family. I came home and immediately bought his autobiography. During wartime, I used to like to hear his briefings on television,”  she said. “He was so clear, you could understand what he was trying to say.  I just liked him. When I met him it made it more real for me. I found him to be very personable.”

“He exuded that confidence,” she said of the Commander in Chief of U.S. Forces in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Creighton added that Schwarzkopf, with an IQ of 168, “was one of the smartest generals. He’s just a good fellow.”

Those who worked with Gen. Schwarzkopf:

“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, Gen. 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.” — former President George H.W. Bush.

“With the passing of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, we’ve lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, Gen. Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved. Our prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family, who tonight can know that his legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney.

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