Phin Choonhavan

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Phin Choonhavan
Phin Choonhavan.jpg
Choonhavan in 1953
Born(1891-08-14)14 August 1891
Samut Songkhram, Siam
Died26 January 1973(1973-01-26) (aged 81)
Bangkok, Thailand
Allegiance Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
RankRTA OF-10 (Field Marshal).svg Field Marshal[1]
RTN OF-9 (Admiral).svg Admiral
RTAF OF-9 (Air Chief Marshal).svg Air Chief Marshal[2]
Commands held3rd infantry division Phayap Army
Ministry of Defence
Royal Thai Armed Forces
Battles/warsBoworadet Rebellion, Franco-Thai War, Burma Campaign
Other workMilitary Governor of the Shan States (1943)

Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan (Thai: ผิน ชุณหะวัณ; RTGSPhin Chunhawan; August 14 1891- 26 January 1973) was a Thai military leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. 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: 林風), who was also an immigrant from Shantou.[3] 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.


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  3. ^ [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.