Chae Myung-shin

Chae Myung-shin in Saigon, South Vietnam, 1969.
Chae Myung-shin
Revised RomanizationChae Myeongsin
McCune–ReischauerCh'ae Myŏngsin

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[]

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, which involved the routine practice of hostage taking and reprisals, while laying blame on the Viet Cong for purported atrocities.[2] Chae's harsh policy caused a serious disagreement with William Westmoreland, the chief of staff of the United States Forces.[3] When the Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất massacre occurred, William Westmoreland several times demanded Chae Myung-shin should investigate.[4][5] Chae replied the criminals were Viet Cong.[4] During the Vietnam War, Chae concurrently served as the Chief of Staff of the ROK Army, and subsequently wrote a Vietnam War memoir titled "The Vietnam War and I".[6]


Chae is buried at the Seoul National Cemetery.[7]

See also[]


  1. ^ "한국군도 '위안부' 운용했다". OhmyNews. 2002-02-22. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
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  3. ^ "The Cold Warrior". Newsweek. April 10, 2000. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kim Chang-seok (2000-11-15). "한국군도 많이 당했다" 채명신 전 주월한국군총사령관 인터뷰… 남베트남군 사령관 만나 사과한 적도". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
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    문서 가운데 '쿠앙남성의 퐁니·퐁넛마을 민간인 학살사건'(1968년 2월12일)과 관련해 그와 웨스트몰랜드 주월미군사령관 사이에서 오갔던 서신들을 제시했다.그는 처음에는 이 서신 교환이 단순한 정보교류 차원에서 이뤄진 것이라고 했으나, 곧 미군쪽 조사요청이 여러 번 있었고 그 요청에 따라 한국군사령부가 자체적으로 조사를 벌인 사실이 있다고 인정했다.민간인 학살 의혹과 관련해 미군쪽의 정식 조사 요청은 몇번이나 있었나.글쎄, 여러 차례 있었을 것이다.

  6. ^ Chae, Myung-shin (24 April 2014). 베트남전쟁과 나 Vietnam War and I. 팔복원. p. 541. ISBN 9788985840187. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Gen Chae Myung-shin at Find a Grave