Song Yo-chan

Song Yo-chan
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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