27 February 1929|
Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province
|Died||12 June 2002(aged 73)|
|Political party||Tongil Minjudang|
|Alma mater||Korea Military Academy|
|Profession||military officer, politician|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Seunghwa|
|Birth name||Jeing Seung-hwa|
|Born||27 February 1929|
|Service/branch||Republic of Korea Army|
|Years of service||1947 - 1979|
|Unit||17th Infantry Regiment|
|Commands held||Republic of Korea Army
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 Military Academy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 26th Infantry Regiment in 1950, which he later commanded in the early 1960s. He later 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. In result, Hanahoe's members such as Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo committed Coup d'état of December Twelfth and arrested Jeong. Jeong was unjustly accused of the assassination of Park and tortured.
Jeong regained the impaired reputation in 1997, after 17 years from Coup d'état. He died in 2002.
- 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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