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Chae Myung-shin

Chae Myung-shin in Saigon, South Vietnam, 1969.

Chae Myung-shin (채명신, 蔡命新; November 27, 1926 – November 25, 2013) was a Republic of Korea Army general and Commanding Officer of ROK forces in Vietnam (ROKFV) during the Vietnam War.


  • Korean War 1
  • Vietnam War 2
  • Burial 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Korean War

Chae Myung-shin commanded Skeleton Corps, guerrilla corps during the Korean War, and became the authority on guerrilla tactics of the South Korean Army. Chae commented on South Korean comfort women units during the Korean War in his memoir Beyond the Deadline (사선을 넘고넘어) published in 1994.[1]

Vietnam War

Chae served as a ROKFV Commanding Officer during the Vietnam War. Chae adopted strong tactics for the Vietnamese as an authority on guerrilla tactics. Chae's harsh policy caused a serious disagreement with William Westmoreland, the chief of staff of the United States Forces.[2] When the Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất massacre occurred, William Westmoreland several times demanded Chae Myung-shin should investigate.[3][4] Chae replied the criminals were Viet Cong.[3] However, Colonel Robert Morehead Cook, United States Army inspector general concluded the massacre was conducted by the South Korean Marines.[5]


Chae is buried at the Seoul National Cemetery.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "한국군도 '위안부' 운용했다".  
  2. ^ "The Cold Warrior". Newsweek. April 10, 2000. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Kim Chang-seok (2000-11-15). "한국군도 많이 당했다" 채명신 전 주월한국군총사령관 인터뷰… 남베트남군 사령관 만나 사과한 적도".  
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Go Gyeong-tae (2000-11-15). "잠자던 진실, 30년만에 깨어나다 "한국군은 베트남에서 무엇을 했는가"… 미국 국립문서보관소 비밀해제 보고서·사진 최초공개".  
  6. ^ Gen Chae Myung-shin at Find a Grave
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