Sangad Chaloryu

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Admiral
Sangad Chaloryu
สงัด ชลออยู่
สงัด ชลออยู่.jpg
Minister of Defense
In office
22 October 1976 – 20 October 1977
Prime Minister Thanin Kraivichien
Preceded by Seni Pramoj
Succeeded by Lek Neawmalee
In office
5 October 1976 – 6 October 1976
Prime Minister Seni Pramoj
Preceded by Seni Pramoj
Succeeded by Lek Neawmalee
Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
In office
1 October 1975 – 30 September 1976
Preceded by Kris Sivara
Succeeded by Kamon Dachatungkha
Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Navy
In office
19 November 1973 – 30 September 1976
Preceded by Cherdchai Thomya
Succeeded by Amorn Sirigaya
Personal details
Born (1915-03-04)4 March 1915
Suphan Buri, Siam
Died 23 November 1980(1980-11-23) (aged 65)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse(s) Sukon Chaloryu
Alma mater Royal Thai Naval Academy
Profession Navy officer
Politician
Military service
Allegiance  Thailand
Service/branch Royal Thai Navy
Years of service 1933 - 1977
Rank RTN OF-9 (Admiral).svg Admiral

Admiral Sangad Chaloryu (Thai: สงัด ชลออยู่; RTGSSa-ngat Chaloyu; 4 March 1915 – 23 November 1980) was a Thai admiral and politician who served as head of the National Administrative Reform Council (NARC), a military junta that ruled Thailand from 1976-1980.

Sangad was considered to be a right-wing hawk and close to the CIA. In the 1930s as a young Naval Midshipman he had trained in Nazi Germany in radar operations. As Commander of Naval flotilla in 1954, he helped French Marines and elite forces to escape from Vietnam after Hanoi was overrun by the Vietminh. As defense minister, Sa-ngad led the coup of October 6, 1976.[1] This coup ousted the elected civilian government of Seni Pramoj. Sa-ngad became chairman of NARC, which appointed royal favorite Thanin Kraivichien as prime minister. The Tanin government instituted sweeping purges of leftists and communists. Sa-ngad was a figurehead and Army Secretary Kriangsak Chomanan was NARC's the most influential figure. NARC staged a second coup in October 1977, this time without the king's consent, and replaced Tanin with Kriangsak.[2]

Political offices
Preceded by
Choetchai Thomya
Navy chief
Nov. 19, 1973 – Sept. 30, 1975
Succeeded by
Amorn Sirikaya
Preceded by
Krit Srivara
Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces
Oct. 1, 1975 – Oct. 1, 1976
Succeeded by
Kamon Dachatungkha
Preceded by
Seni Pramoj
Minister of Defense
Oct. 5, 1976 – Oct. 20, 1977
Succeeded by
Lek Naeomali

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff report (Oct. 18, 197g). "A Nightmare of Lynching and Burning" Time.
  2. ^ Kamm, Henry (October 21, 1977). "Thai Junta Ousts Civilian Regime, Charging It Delayed Vote Too Long", New York Times