Wang Mingzhang

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Wang Mingzhang (traditional Chinese: 王銘章; simplified Chinese: 王铭章; pinyin: Wáng Míngzhāng; Wade–Giles: Wang Ming-chang; 4 July 1893–14 March 1938), courtesy name Zhizhong (之鐘) was a Chinese general of the National Revolutionary Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Born in Xindu County (modern-day Xindu District, Chengdu), Sichuan, Wang Mingzhang entered the Sichuan Army Elementary School in 1911 and the Army Middle School in Nanjing, in 1912. Afterward he returned to Sichuan to enter the Sichuan Military Academy, and after he graduated in 1914 successively held the commands of a platoon, company, battalion, regiment, and brigade. He was involved in the tangled warfare between the Sichuan clique warlords. In 1933 was appointed division commander. After the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, as part 41st Corps/22nd Army Group, his 122nd Division left Sichuan in 1937 to oppose the Japanese.

Wang Mingzhang commanded the 122nd Division in 1938 during the Xuzhou Campaign. His Division and 364th Brigade held out in the Teng County (today Tengzhou) against the Japanese in four days of heavy street fighting. He was killed in action March 14, 1938. In 1984, the Sichuan Provincial government confirmed him is as a revolutionary martyr of the People's Republic of China.

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