Song Yo-chan

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Song Yo-chan
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Prime Minister of South Korea (Acting)
In office
July 3, 1961 – June 16, 1962
Preceded by Jang Do-young
Succeeded by Park Chung-hee
7th Vice President of South Korea
In office
August 16, 1960 – August 19, 1960
President Yun Bo-seon
Preceded by Heo Jeong
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born (1918-02-13)February 13, 1918
Chungcheongnam-do, Colonel Korea
(now South Korea)
Died October 18, 1980(1980-10-18) (aged 62)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Nationality Korean
Political party Military
Alma mater George Washington University
Military service
Allegiance  South Korea
Service/branch  Republic of Korea Army
Rank Lieutenant General
This is a Korean name; the family name is Song.
Song Yo-chan
Hangul 송요찬
Revised Romanization Song Yo-chan
McCune–Reischauer Song Yoch'an

Song Yo Chan (February 13, 1918 – October 18, 1980) was prime minister (Chief Cabinet Minister - Military Rule) of South Korea from 3 July 1961 to 16 June 1962. Previously, he had been the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 22 July 1961 - 10 October 1961 and was a Lieutenant General. He ordered the arrest of corrupt officers in the army.[1]

He had studied politics and economics at George Washington University[2] in Washington, D.C. During the final days of the First Republic of South Korea of president Syngman Rhee, he declared martial law[3] and forced the president into resignment. Song Yo Chan refused to quell the student-led protesters. Even though the police asked for bullets and troops.[4] The protests are known as the April Revolution.


  1. ^ "Army for Sale". Time Magazine. November 23, 1959. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The New Strongman". Time Magazine. July 14, 1961. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Quick to Wrath". Time Magazine. May 9, 1960. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Commander rejected police ammo request on Apr. 19". The Hankyoreh. April 18, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 

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