Jeong Seung-hwa

Jeong Seung-hwa
Personal details
Born (1929-02-27)27 February 1929
Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province
South Korea
Died 12 June 2002(2002-06-12) (aged 73)
Nationality South Korean
Political party Tongil Minjudang
Alma mater Korea Military Academy
Profession military officer, politician
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Seunghwa
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Sŭnghwa
Jeong Seung-hwa
Birth name Jeing Seung-hwa
Born (1929-02-27) 27 February 1929 (age 89)
Allegiance  Korea
Service/branch Republic of Korea Army
Years of service 1947 - 1979
Rank Daejang General
Unit 17th Infantry Regiment
Commands held Republic of Korea Army
II Corps
Capital Mechanized Infantry Division
3rd Infantry Division
10th Infantry Brigade(Mechanized)
26th Infantry Regiment

Jeong Seung-hwa (정승화, 鄭昇和; 27 February 1929 – 12 June 2002) was a South Korean general officer, and the 22nd Republic of Korea Army Chief of Staff. He was at Gungjeong-dong, site of the assassination of President Park Chung-hee, when it took place in 1979.

He joined the Korean Army as a conscript in the 17th Regiment and fought at the Battle of Busan Perimeter. He later went to the Korea Military Academy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 26th Infantry Regiment in 1950, where he later commanded in the early 1960s. He then commanded a Mechanized Brigade and an Infantry Division, before being appointed as Commander of II Corps in 1976, and as Army Chief of Staff in 1978.

After President Park's death, Jeong ruled South Korea as the chief martial law administrator. He plotted to exclude political soldiers such as Hanahoe. As a result, Hanahoe's members such as Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo committed the Coup d'état of December Twelfth and arrested Jeong.[1] Jeong was unjustly accused of the assassination of Park and tortured.

Jeong regained his impaired reputation in 1997, 17 years after the coup d'état. He died in 2002.

See also


  1. ^ Chun Sung-woo (28 July 2010). "Ex-general who tried to repress coup in 1979 dies". Korea Herald. Retrieved 31 July 2010.

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