Phin Choonhavan

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Phin Choonhavan
ผิณ ชุณหะวัณ
Phin Choonhavan.jpg
Choonhavan in 1953
Born October 14, 1891
Died January 26, 1973; (aged 81)
Allegiance  Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
Rank Field Marshal
Commands held 3rd infantry division Phayap Army
Battles/wars Boworadet Rebellion, Franco-Thai War, Burma Campaign
Other work Military Governor of the Shan States (1943)

Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan (Thai: ผิน ชุณหะวัณ; rtgsPhin Chunhawan; 1891–1973) was a Thai military leader. Phin was a leader of several coups against the government, most notably the 1947 coup. During the Second World War, he commanded the Phayap Army's 3rd Division before being made military governor of the Shan States, which Thailand had occupied during the Burma Campaign.

Phin was the son of a Chinese physician, Kai (Chinese: ) who migrated to Siam from Chaoshan, as was the father of his wife, Lim Hong (Chinese: 林风), who was also an immigrant from Shantou.[1] His son, Chatichai Choonhavan, became Prime Minister of Thailand. His daughter, Udomlak, married Phao Sriyanond, director general of the Thai police. Another daughter, Charoen, married Pramarn Adireksarn, who served as deputy prime minister in several governments.


  1. ^ [泰国] 洪林, 黎道纲主编 (April 2006). 泰国华侨华人研究. 香港社会科学出版社有限公司. p. 18. ISBN 962-620-127-4.