Local Vets React to General Schwarzkopf's Death

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Lynchburg, VA - Veterans at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg Friday were saddened by the news that Norman Schwarzkopf has died.

Nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," General Schwarzkopf drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991. That was Operation Desert Storm.

President Obama says, "With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, we've lost an American original." Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says America has "lost a great patriot and a great soldier."

As for Lynchburg veterans, they say he was one of a kind.

"Those guys like him are rare. But, they speak their mind and they lead by example and that's what he did. He had that presence of command and he did it," said Steve Bozeman, veteran activist in Lynchburg.

Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Florida from complications from pneumonia. He was 78.