Patricio Carvajal

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Patricio Carvajal
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Born (1916-07-16)16 July 1916
Santiago, Chile
Died 16 July 1994(1994-07-16) (aged 78)
Santiago, Chile

Vice Admiral Patricio Carvajal Prado (16 July 1916 – 16 July 1994), was a Chilean admiral, several times Minister and one of the principal leaders of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état that ousted President Salvador Allende.

He joined the navy in 1931, where he was a classmate of future Admiral José Toribio Merino, and together they were commissioned as ensigns in 1935. In 1941, was promoted to lieutenant; in 1950, to captain and in 1955, to commander. Carvajal was an artillery specialist. In 1958, he was commissioned to study anti-submarine warfare. In 1960, was the commander of the training-ship "Esmeralda". In 1966, was designed as Naval Attache to London. Since 1967, he was the Navy Chief of Staff. In 1973, he was the Armed Forces General Chief of Staff.

Following the coup, he was appointed as Minister of Defense in 1973 and again from 1983 to 1990. He was also Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1974 to 1978. Carvajal committed suicide after a long bout with cancer.[1]

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  1. ^ Staff report (July 16, 1994). Patricio Carvajal, Ex-Chile Official, 76. New York Times

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Political offices
Preceded by
Orlando Letelier
Minister of Defense
1973-1974
Succeeded by
Oscar Bonilla
Preceded by
Ismael Huerta
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1974-1978
Succeeded by
Hernán Cubillos
Preceded by
Washington Carrasco Fernández
Minister of Defense
1983-1990
Succeeded by
Patricio Rojas