Reaction to the death Thursday of retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf:

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"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." – President Barack Obama.

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"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.

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"With the passing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, America lost a great patriot and a great soldier. Norm served his country with courage and distinction for over 35 years. The highlight of his career was the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm. `Stormin' Norman' led the coalition forces to victory, ejecting the Iraqi Army from Kuwait and restoring the rightful government. His leadership not only inspired his troops, but also inspired the nation. He was a good friend of mine, a close buddy. I will miss him. My wife, Alma, joins me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife, Brenda, and to her family." – former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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"The men and women of the Department of Defense join me in mourning the loss of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, whose 35 years of service in uniform left an indelible imprint on the United States military and on the country. The son of a decorated Army officer, Gen. Schwarzkopf followed his father's legacy of service by enrolling in West Point in the 1950s. His bravery during two tours in Vietnam earned him three Silver Stars, and set him on the path lead our troops into battle in Grenada, and then to take charge of the overall allied effort in the first Gulf War as commander of United States Central Command. Gen. Schwarzkopf's skilled leadership of that campaign liberated the Kuwaiti people and produced a decisive victory for the allied coalition. In the aftermath of that war, Gen. Schwarzkopf was justly recognized as a brilliant strategist and inspiring leader. Today, we recall that enduring legacy and remember him as one of the great military giants of the 20th century. My thoughts and prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family in this time of sadness and grief." – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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"I was saddened to learn today of the passing of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, a fellow West Point graduate, former CENTCOM commander and one of the 20th century's finest soldiers and leaders. I join the civilian and military leaders of our country, and servicemen and women, past and present, in mourning his death. Gen. Schwarzkopf embodied the warrior spirit, serving with distinction in three conflicts over his 35 years of dedicated service. The hallmark of his remarkable career was the swift and decisive victory over Saddam Hussein's forces after they invaded Kuwait. The thoughts and prayers of the Joint Chiefs and the Joint Force are with Gen. Schwarzkopf's family and friends." – Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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    Served as: United States Army general, Desert Storm commander Died on: Dec. 27, 2012 at age 78.

  • Robert Bork

    Served as: U.S. Solicitor General (June 1973 - Jan. 1977) Died on: Dec. 19, 2012 at age 85.

  • Daniel Inouye

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  • Jack Brooks

    Served as: U.S. Congressman (D-Texas) from 1953-1995 Died on: Dec. 4, 2012 at age 89.

  • Warren Rudman

    Served as: U.S. Senator (R-N.H.) from 1980-93 Died on: Nov. 19, 2012 at age 82.

  • George McGovern

    Served as: U.S. Senator (D-S.D.) from 1963-1981. Ran for: president in 1972 as the Democratic Party nominee. Died on: Oct. 21, 2012 at age 90.

  • Arlen Specter

    Served as: U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (R from 1981-2009, D from 2009-11) Died on: Oct. 14, 2012 at age 82 of complications from non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • Sam Gibbons

    Served as U.S. Congressman (D-Fla.) from 1963-1997 Died on: Oct. 9, 2012 at age 92 from natural causes.

  • Chris Stevens

    Served as: U.S. Ambassador to Libya (June 2012 - Sept. 2012) Died on: Sept. 11, 2012 in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. Information Officer Sean Smith, and Navy SEALs/security officials Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were also killed.

  • Edwin Wilson

    Served as: CIA officer Died on: Sept. 10, 2012 at age 84 of complications from heart valve replacement surgery.

  • Paul McCracken (2nd from right)

    Served as: Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (R) from 1969-71 Died on: August 3, 2012 at age 96.

  • Jim Abdnor

    Served as: U.S. Congressman (R-S.D.) from 1973-81 and from 1981-87. Died on: May 16, 2012 at age 89 of natural causes.

  • Mary Richardson Kennedy (Left)

    Wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from 1994 to her death in 2012 Died on: May 16, 2012 at age 52 from an apparent suicide.

  • Nicholas Katzenbach

    Served as: U.S. Attorney General (D) from 1965-66 Died on: May 8, 2012 at age 90 from natural causes.

  • Donald Payne

    Served as: U.S. Congressman (D-N.J.) from 1989-2012. Died on: March 6, 2012 at age 77 from colon cancer.

  • Kevin H. White (Center)

    Served as: Mayor of Boston (1968-84) Died on: Jan. 27, 2012 at age 82.

  • Hulett Smith

    Served as: West Virginia Governor (1965-69) Died on: Jan. 15, 2012 at age 93.

  • Edward Derwinski (Left)

    Served as: U.S. Congressman (R-Ill.) from 1959-83, Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (1989-92) Died on: Jan. 15, 2012 at age 85.

  • Bill Janklow

    Served as: Governor (R-S.D.) from 1979-87 / 1995-2003 and Congressman from 2003-04 Died on: Jan. 12, 2012 at age 72 from brain cancer.

  • Tony Blankley

    Served as: Press Secretary for Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) Died on: Jan. 7, 2012 at age 63 from stomach cancer.

  • Ed Jenkins

    Served as: U.S. Congressman (D-Ga.) from 1977-1993 Died on: Jan. 1, 2012 at age 78.