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Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf buried at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, soaking up its values: "Duty, Honor, Country."

He married here. He taught here. And on Thursday afternoon he was buried here.

His family and friends joined Kuwaiti officials, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney, gray-clad cadets and a detail of New Jersey state troopers for a memorial service in the academy's gothic chapel. His remains were buried afterward at the cemetery on the grounds of the storied military institution.

"Norman Schwarzkopf, Class of '56, has come home," Powell said during the service.

Schwarzkopf headed U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base and commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 when Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Schwarzkopf was 78 when he died of complications from pneumonia Dec. 27 in Tampa, where he spent his retirement years.

Though lauded as one of the brighter lights of the "Long Gray Line," of West Point cadets and graduates, his daughter recalled him as a loving family man equally at home in palaces and camping tents. His children remember him dressing as a clown and doing magic tricks for children's parties, Cindy Schwarzkopf said, her voice choked with emotion.

Schwarzkopf was buried near his father, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the founder and commander of the New Jersey State Police. The academy cemetery also holds the remains of such notable military figures as Gen. William Westmoreland and Lt. Col. George Custer.

Schwarzkopf and his wife, Brenda, had three children: Cynthia, Jessica and Christian.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf buried at West Point 02/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:36pm]
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