Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the popular commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf war, plans to retire from the military within a few months, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Schwarzkopf, 56, told reporters in Kuwait City he plans to fish, play with his dog and "enjoy being a father" to his three children - "something I haven't done for about eight months," the Post said.A U.S. Central Command official said the four-star general received offers from publishers for his memoirs. In addition, Schwarzkopf could earn large sums on the lecture circuit, officials said.

The newspaper, quoting publishing sources, said Time Warner Inc. offered Schwarzkopf a "multimedia" deal that could include a book and movie, which could net him "several million dollars."

Meanwhile, the House approved bills Thursday to award gold medals to Schwarzkopf and Gen. Colin Powell to honor their successes in the gulf war.

The bills, approved by the Senate last month, passed 400-0 and 405-0.

Under the legislation, which goes to President Bush for his signature, the Treasury would strike gold medals for the president to present to the generals.

In addition, bronze duplicates could be minted for sale to the general public.