Norman Schwarzkopf was born in Trenton, NJ to Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, then the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. Norman Schwarzkopf attended the Community High School in Tehran, Iran, later the International School of Geneva, and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy. He became fluent in French and German.
After returning to the United States, he graduated from West Point in 1956 with a Bachelor's of Science in mechanical engineering and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. His second assignment was with the 101st Airborne in Kentucky and the 6th Infantry in West Germany, the country of his ancestors. He was aide-de-camp to the Berlin Command in 1960 and 1961, a crucial time in the history of that divided city. In 1968, Major Schwarzkopf became a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1969, he returned to Vietnam as a battalion commander where he was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery and cemented his reputation as an officer who would risk anything for the soldiers under his command.
For the next 20 years, Schwarzkopf continued with his career, alternating between administrative positions in Washington, and command assignments with infantry divisions throughout the U.S. and in Germany. In 1983 he attained the rank of Brigadier General. General Schwarzkopf retired from the Army in 1992 and currently lives in Florida.