It is in the Middle East that his name became a household name, even though before this, long before this, his name deserved to be a household name. He served as a battalion commander on his second tour in Vietnam where he was awarded three Silver Star medals. This is where his famous mine field bravery occurred. When hearing of some of his men being trapped in a North Vietnese minefield, then Colonel Schwarzkopf rushed to the scene in his helicopter and got on the ground to help his men. While holding on man down who had been wounded, he himself was wounded. After another mine went off, killing more of his men, he then led his men out of the field and into safety. This is where Schwarzkopf truly started to shine, but more importantly, this is where his reputation as a great leader started among his men and spread to the entire Army.
After about twenty years of service including a lot of public relations works, especially after Vietnam, and being the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force in Grenada, Schwarzkopf then would become an essential part of the U.S. led mission in Iraq in the Gulf War. He was promoted to four star general in 1988 and appointed commander in chief of the Army Central Command, which... [continues]
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