|Admiral Yi Sun-sin (24/4/1545 - 16/12/1598)
Why interesting? Arguably the most successful Naval commander ever and you've never heard of him.
He was an outstanding commander. Really. No, really. So good, that after you read about him you'll wonder why he's isn't famous outside Korea. Most active during the Japanese invasions of 1592 and 1597
23 sea battles, won them all. No naval training. Broke his leg during officer exams, eventually got in - at age 32 - did so well in the army that jealous superiors got him demoted, climbed back up in the Navy.
Organised training, stores, ship building and intelligence. In 1592, won at least 15 battles against the japanese... they plotted against him using a double agent and he was stripped of rank again, tortured and charged with treason. While being transported for the trial was reinstated after another admiral lost most of the fleet. Then went out and basically kicked the Japanese fleet's arse with only 13 (or 12) ships. See Battle of Myeongnyang below.
Died from possible stray bullet while in contact with the enemy
While he was about it, also revived and improved the "Turtle Ship" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Ship
w***pedia's entry on him is actually quite good, well worth reading and does a far better job than I can do here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin or if you can't bring yourself to go there you can try Koreanhero.net.... http://www.koreanhero.net/en/home.htm
Most impressive bit? The Battle of Myeongnyang
|In the Battle of Myeongnyang, on October 26, 1597, the Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin fought the Japanese navy at sea in Myeongnyang Strait, near Jindo Island. With only the 13 ships remaining from Won Gyun's disastrous defeat at the Battle of Chilchonryang, Admiral Yi Sunsin held the strait against a fleet of 133 Japanese warships and at least 200 Japanese support ships. Many Japanese warships were sunk or disabled during the battle and the Japanese were forced to retreat. Given the disparity in numbers, the battle is regarded as one of Admiral Yi's most remarkable victories. |
From KoreanHero.net, but with a couple of edits
|1545. 8th day of 3rd moon. Born!
1552. His family moved to Asan, the country home of the family.
1564. Married to the daughter of Pang Chin, a military officer.
1566. Started practice in archery and drilling necessary for military service.
1572. In the 8th moon. He fell from horseback and broke his left leg while he was taking the military service examination.
1576. 2nd moon. Passed military service examination. 12th moon. Appointed the Acting Commandant of Fortress Tonggubi, Hamgyung Province.
1579. Appointed staff captain to the Army Commander of Chungcheong Province.
1580. 7th moon. Appointed Naval commandant of Palpo, Cholla Province.
1583. 7th moon. Staff officer of the Hamgyong Army Commander.
10th moon. Appointed Acting Commander of Konwon Fortress, and destroyed the Jurchen forces.
11th moon. Appointed Staff Officer of Military Training Command.
15 th day of 11th moon. His father Chong passed away. Resigned his official post in accordance with the custom of the society, which required a mourner to withdraw himself from official posts for two years.
1586. Appointed Garrison Captain of Chosan Fortress, Hamgyung Province.
1587. Dismissed from the post and enlisted as common soldier owing to the jealousy of Yi Il. Army Commander of Hamgyung.
1588. 6th moon. Returned home.
1589. 2nd moon. Appointed Staff Officer of Cholla Commissioner.
11th moon. Appointed Concurrent Transmitter-Commissioner.
12th moon. Appointed Magistrate of Chongup Prefecture.
1591. 13th day of 2nd moon. Appointed Navy Commander of Left Cholla Province.
1592. Completed the Turtle Ship before the Hideyoshi Invasion started.
13th day of 4th moon. Japanese forces invaded Korea.
5th moon. The first campaign at Okpo with the signal victory of the Admiral.
6th moon. The second campaign at Tangpo with the victory of the Admiral.
7th moon. Defeated the Japanese Navy in the Hansan campaign.
9th moon. Fourth campaign at Busan-po with his victory.
1593. 2nd moon. Defeated Japanese fleet at Ungpo.
7th moon. Moved his fleet to Hansan-do.
8th moon. Appointed Tongjesa, Supreme Naval Commamder of the Three Provinces.
1594. 7th day of 3rd moon. Submitted his objection to the peace negotiation proposed by Ming Chinese envoy Tan.
6th of 4th moon. Held provisional Military Examination at Hansan-do to recruit sailors.
9th moon. Defeated the enemy at Changmunpo.
1595. 2nd moon. Submitted a memorial to be transfered from his present post because of the criticism by Admiral Won Kyun.
1597. 2nd moon. Placed under arrest at Hansan-do.
4th day of 3rd moon. Imprisoned at Seoul.
1st day of 4th moon. Released under the order to enlist as a soldier under the Field Marshall Kwon Yul.
11th day of 4th moon. His mother passed away.
7th moon. Admiral Won Kyun (who replaced admiral Yi Sun-sin) was defeated by Japanese fleet and beheaded in his refuge.
22nd day of 7th moon. Appointed Supreme Naval Commander.
8th moon. Resumed his duty. All he could gather was 12 ships and 120 sailors.
9th moon. Had a great victory in the campaign at Uldolmok (Myongnyang).
10th moon. The third son Myon died in a fight against the Japanese Army at his home, Asan.
1598. 2nd moon. Moved his Navy to Kogum-do.
7th moon, Organized United Naval Forces with the Ming Chinese commodore Chen Lien.
19th day of 11th moon. Died in the final victorious fight against the retreating Japanese.
A very different bio is on BadAssOfTheWeek.com http://www.badassoftheweek.com/admiralyi.html (I recommend you dip in there every so often, there are some extremely interesting, er, Bad Asses.)
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