The Legacy Of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf (VIDEO)

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led allied forces to a routing of Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and became one of the nation’s most celebrated military heroes of the era, died Thursday, a U.S. defense official said. He was 78.

The death of the retired four-star Army general was confirmed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who described Schwarzkopf as “one of the great military giants of the 20th century.”