Song Shilun in 1955
September 1, 1907|
Hunan Province, Qing Empire
|Died||September 17, 1991
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
|Allegiance||People's Republic of China|
|Service/branch||People's Liberation Army Ground Force|
|Years of service||1919–1969|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Chinese Civil War
Song Shilun (Chinese: 宋时轮; pinyin: Sòng Shílún; Wade–Giles: Sung Shih-lun; 1907–1991), born September 10, 1907 in Hunan Province, was a general of the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. General Song had graduated from Whampoa Military Academy and participated in the Long March. He died September 17, 1991 in Shanghai.
During the Korean War, General Song Shilun commanded the PLA 9th Army Group. His armies fought against the US Army 31st Regimental Combat Team and the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir in November–December 1950.
Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989
During the Tiananmen Square protests of spring 1989, Song Shilun joined former Minister of Defense Zhang Aiping and five other retired generals in opposing the enforcement of martial law by the Army in Beijing.
Due to the exigent circumstances, we as old soldiers, make the following request: Since the People's Army belongs to the people, it cannot stand against the people, much less kill the people, and must not be permitted to fire on the people and cause bloodshed; to prevent the situation from escalating, the Army must not enter the city.
- General Song Shilun, Chinese Military Leaders During the Korean War
- (Chinese) Wu Renhua, "89天安门事件大事记：5月21日 星期日" Accessed 2013-07-12
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