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December 28th, 2012
06:10 AM ET

Ret. Gen. James "Spider" Marks remembers late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf's legacy: 'a bigger than life' but 'humble man'

The nation this morning remembers the American general credited with orchestrating one of the most lopsided military victories in modern history. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died yesterday in Florida. He was 78 years old.

"Stormin' Norman", as he was called, was regarded by many as a media savvy general taking the lead during the first Gulf War. The entire campaign was televised live. The president paid tribute to the late military leader last night saying, “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.” CNN Military Analyst and Retired Gen. James "Spider" Marks joins us from Oakton, VA by Skype this morning with more on Gen. Schwarzkopf’s legacy.

"This truly was a 20th century American military hero,” Gen. Marks says. “General Schwarzkopf was a bigger than life man. His nickname certainly personified all of that. It’s a label—hero is a label that he would protest openly. He was a humble man.”

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