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American Norman SCHWARZKOPF

born Herbert Norman SCHWARZKOPF

United States Army general, while serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he lead all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War

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Born: on August 22, 1934 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Died: on December 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida, USA


Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. was born in Trenton, New Jersey, to Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. and Ruth Alice (née Bowman). His father was a German-American 1917 graduate of the United States Military Academy and veteran of World War I. His mother was a housewife from West Virginia who was distantly related to Thomas Jefferson. The senior Schwarzkopf later became the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, where he worked as a lead investigator on the 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. In January 1952, the younger Schwarzkopf's birth certificate was amended to make his name "H. Norman Schwarzkopf", reportedly because his father detested his first name.[Note 1] The younger Schwarzkopf had two older sisters, Ruth Ann and Sally Joan.

Norman Schwarzkopf was described by childhood friends as active and assertive, protective of his sisters and a skilled athlete. He spent his childhood attached to his father, who subsequently became the narrator for the Gang Busters radio program. When Norman Schwarzkopf was eight years old, his father returned to the military amid World War II. His continuous absence made home life difficult, particularly for his wife. In 1946 when Norman Schwarzkopf was 12, he moved with his father to Tehran, Iran. In Iran, Norman learned shooting, horseback riding, and hunting. Schwarzkopf developed a lifelong interest in Middle Eastern culture.

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