GENERAL “STORMIN’ NORMAN” SCHWARZKOPF commanded Allied (mostly U.S.) forces in the Persian Gulf War (1991), America’s largest “limited war” since Vietnam, and a successful one. Thus he surely deserves inclusion here
Born in New Jersey and brought up in Lawrenceville, he was the son of Herbert Norman and Ruth Gordon Schwarzkopf—a “West Pointer” and a nurse from West Virginia. His father named him “H. Norman” so that if he went to the U.S. Military Academy (and he did), he would be called Norman.
Schwarzkopf’s father served in France during World War I, and was gassed, but recovered. Back home, he left the army and, at the request of the New Jersey governor, founded the N.J. State Police and commanded it during ...