Yi Sun-sin

1545 - 1598

Yi Sun-sin

Admiral Yi Sunsin (Korean: 이순신; Hanja: 李舜臣; April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598) was a Korean admiral and military general famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty. Together with Chen Lin, Yi helped win the Battle of Noryang (Yi's final and fatal battle), ending the Imjin war and repelling the Japanese. Yi has since been celebrated as a national hero in Korea.Over the course of his career, Admiral Yi fought in at least 23 recorded naval engagements, all against the Japanese. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yi Sun-sin has received more than 1,431,048 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 123rd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Yi Sun-sin ranks 123 out of 1,194Before him are Antipater, Miloš Obilić, George Armstrong Custer, Nestor Makhno, André Masséna, and Werner von Blomberg. After him are Heinrich Müller, Louis, Grand Condé, Abu Muslim, Robert E. Lee, José de San Martín, and Michiel de Ruyter.

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Among people born in 1545, Yi Sun-sin ranks 4Before him are Elisabeth of Valois, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, and Túpac Amaru. After him are Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma, Carlos, Prince of Asturias, John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, Lucrezia de' Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, Azai Nagamasa, Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Powhatan, and Guidobaldo del Monte. Among people deceased in 1598, Yi Sun-sin ranks 5Before him are Philip II of Spain, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Feodor I of Russia, and Abraham Ortelius. After him are Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Theodor de Bry, Henri Estienne, Abdullah Khan II, and Paolo Boi.

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In South Korea

Among people born in South Korea, Yi Sun-sin ranks 7 out of 380Before him are Ban Ki-moon (1944), Kim Dae-jung (1924), Sukjong of Joseon (1661), Gojong of Korea (1852), Dongmyeong of Goguryeo (-58), and Park Geun-hye (1952). After him are Jeongjo of Joseon (1752), Roh Moo-hyun (1946), Sunjong of Korea (1874), Kim Young-sam (1927), Sejo of Joseon (1417), and Empress Myeongseong (1851).


Among military personnels born in South Korea, Yi Sun-sin ranks 1After him are Won Gyun (1540) and Yang Kyoungjong (null).

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