Alberto Bachelet

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Alberto Bachelet
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Born (1923-04-27)April 27, 1923
Died March 12, 1974(1974-03-12) (aged 50)
Allegiance Chile
Service/branch Air Force
Rank Brigadier General

Alberto Arturo Miguel Bachelet Martínez (April 27, 1923 – March 12, 1974) was a Brigadier General of the Chilean Air Force. He opposed the 1973 coup of General Augusto Pinochet, and was imprisoned and subject to torture for several months until his death in 1974 of heart problems caused by torture [1] at the hands of the dictatorship.


Bachelet was born in Santiago to Alberto Bachelet Brandt and Mercedes Martínez Binimelis.


In 1940, in military service, he earned a scholarship to the School of Aviation Captain Manuel Avalos Prado, with Gustavo Leigh, by choice of the then commander of the Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment Hill, Colonel Luis Osvaldo Puccio Giesen. Leigh, Bachelet, and later were officers, one at Management Branch and the other at Branch of Air.

In 1962, under the presidency of Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez, Bachelet was appointed military attache to the Chilean Embassy in Washington D. C. In 1972, Salvador Allende appointed him secretary of the National Supply and Marketing (DINAC), a position he had to turn the Boards of Supply and Prices (JAP) .

During 1973, General Bachelet was working in the Accounts of the Chilean Air Force (FACH). When he opposed to the coup of September 11, led by the commander in chief Augusto Pinochet and supported, among others, by his friend Gustavo Leigh, he was first arrested on the same day September 11, 1973 in office of the Ministry of Defence. Released that same night, his house was raided on September 14 and he was arrested again.

He was held at the Air War Academy of FACH, and its principal then Colonel Fernando Matthei. In this place was subjected to interrogation and torture by their own comrades in arms. Then he was transferred to the FACH Hospital. In a letter to his son Albert, who lived in Australia, reported:

I broke inside, at one point, I walked bursting morally - never knew hate anyone, I always thought that the human being is the most marvelous of this creation and should be respected as such, but I found comrades FACH I've known for 20 years, my students, who treated me like a criminal or a dog.[2]

He was put under house arrest in October 1973, but on December 18 he was arrested for the third time with several officers and NCOs in the Air Force, who tried for "treason" in Martial entitled Aviation / Bachelet and other ROL 1-73, also known as FACH Process .

He died on March 12, 1974, after suffering a heart attack in jail in Santiago, where he was being questioned by his own colleagues in the FACH.


He was married to archaeologist Ángela Jeria Gómez, with whom he fathered two children, Alberto and Michelle. Michelle later became the first female president of Chile.[3][4]


External links[edit]

  • [1] (in Spanish)
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Spanish Wikipedia.