Storied four-star Army general dead at 85

Patriots had reason to grieve this week when four-star Army General Carl Stiner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 85.

General remembered for having ” bravely led our nation’s troops”

The Hazard, Kentucky-based outlet WYMT explained that Stiner had a long and illustrious career which included serving as the second Commander in Chief of the United States Special Operations Command.

It also noted that Stiner was involved in the capture of Palestinian terrorists responsible for a 1985 cruise ship hijacking in which American World War II veteran Leon Klinghoffer was murdered and thrown overboard.

What’s more, Stiner also played a major role in helping to coordinate special operations in 1991 Operation Desert Storm.

The retired general was born in the town of LaFollette, which is located in Campbell County, Tennessee, and his death was met with words of tribute from elected officials.

Stiner: “There’s things greater in life than material blessings”

They included Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who represents Tennessee’s third district. He praised Stiner for being “a hero who bravely led our nation’s troops into combat.”

Also offering praise for Stiner was fellow Tennessee Republican Rep. Tim Burchett, who serves the state’s second district. Burchett tweeted out a picture of himself alongside Stiner.

Campbell County Sheriff Ronnie Goins recalled his friendship with Stiner, calling the late general an “American hero” and “a staple here in Campbell County.”

“It could be about farming, could be about his tractors, could be about things going on in the world,” Goins said of the conversations that he and Stiner shared. “We talked about my job duties a lot. We’d talk about that a lot and how tough it is.”

For his part, Stiner articulated his outlook during a 2009 interview with WYMT, saying, “There’s things greater in life than material blessings and the greatest honor in my judgment that can be bestowed upon one is serving their country.”

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