Allen County Man Served Under General Schwarzkopf During Gulf War

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

On December 27th, Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf died at the age of 78.

One Allen County man remembers the days he spent working side-by-side with Stormin' Norman in the deserts of Iraq.

"The General thought he was in his final assignment and would retire from the army and live happily ever after, but on the 2nd of August in 1990, Saddam Hussein attacked Kuwait and everything changed from then on," Retired Col. Roger Murtie says.

"Saddam Hussein did not have all of his military force in Kuwait. If he did it would all have been destroyed," Gen. Schwarzkopf said in an interview shortly after the war.

Col. Roger Murtie served on General Schwarzkopf's staff as his last Aide De Camp from May 1990 until March 1992.

At the time he was Major Roger Murtie, working in the deserts of the Middle East throughout the Persian Gulf War.

He aided the General in historical events like Desert Shield and Desert Storm, which ended Iraqi occupation of Kuwait lead by U.N. Forces

"It was our last largest military operation at the time and it was the most successful and shortest campaign in and of our recent memory, and it was the General's personal leadership that helped ensure that," Murtie says.

Murtie says while in Iraq he was with Schwarzkopf for all but seven hours.

Personal photos, taken by Murtie himself, capture several candid and historical events, from a shot after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth to several moments in the deserts of the Middle East.

"When you serve a figure and as legendary and as historic as general Norman h. Schwarzkopf. It was the honor of my life," Murtie says.

Murtie would continue working for Schwarzkopf while he made appearances during his retirement and throughout the writing of his autobiography.

When Murtie retired from the army in 2001 the general brought him to Camp Boggy Creek in Florida founded by Schwarzkopf and actor Paul Newman for medically fragile children.

And in 2004, Murtie says it was his commitment to the general that gave him the opportunity to help create The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville.

He gave Murtie and founder Elizabeth Turner Campbell his full blessings.

Murtie says funeral arrangements for Gen. Schwarzkopf are set for January 19th in Tampa, FL.

He says he will be attending the service.

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