Former South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: APFormer South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: AP
Former South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: AP

South Korean war hero Paik Sun-yup dies age 99

  • Paik, who was born in 1920 in what is now North Korea, was celebrated for leading troops to several victories during the 1950-53 Korean war
  • He famously saved from death an arrested major Park Chung-hee, who go on to rule South Korea as dictator for nearly 20 years after a 1961 coup

Topic |   South Korea
Former South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: APFormer South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: AP
Former South Korean Army General Paik Sun-yup pictured in 1953. Photo: AP
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