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Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf through the years

Updated 5:16 AM ET, Fri December 28, 2012
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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded coalition forces during the Gulf War, died Thursday, a U.S. official said. He was 78. Operation Desert Shield commander Schwarzkopf, center, with U.S. Special Forces soldiers in US-led allied gulf crisis-containing operations on September 27, 1990. William Foley//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Schwarzkopf is decorated with the medal of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, the highest French distinction awarded to a foreign policy figure by Gen. Maurice Schmitt, who led the French contingent to the allied operation against Iraq, at a ceremony at the Aubagne base, the French Foreign Legion base, in Southern France on July 24, 1991. ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images
Schwarzkopf salutes Iraqi Lt. Gen. Sultan Hashim Ahmad at the end of their talks to set cease-fire terms in the Gulf War on March 3, 1991, at a captured Iraqi air base. MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images
Schwarzkopf gives the thumbs up in Kuwait on April 17, 1994, during the last day of joint Kuwaiti-American-British maneuvers. Schwarzkopf was invited to observe the exercises, the biggest in the emirate since the Gulf War. RAED QUTANIA/AFP/Getty Images
Tony Hawk, Lhotse Merriam and Schwarzkopf attend the 21st Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at the Waldorf Astoria on September 19, 2006, in New York. Matt Szwajkos/Getty Images for Alan Taylor
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell talks with Schwarzkopf on December 6, 2002, during a receptionbefore the American Patriot Award Dinner in Washington. The dinner honored former U.S. President George H. W. Bush. SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images
Portrait of Schwarzkopf circa 1991. US Army/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Schwarzkopf lunches at the Scientific Center in Kuwait City on February 26, 2001, to mark the 10th anniversary of Kuwait's liberation from Iraq. RABIH MOGHRABI/AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Schwarzkopf on stage after their speeches to veterans at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, on September 7, 2000. PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images
Schwarzkopf testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 11, 1993, alongside Maj. Kathleen Bergeron of the U.S. Marine Corps. Schwarzkopf and Bergeron defended the ban on gays in the military. JOHN HARRINGTON/AFP/Getty Images