Yi Sun-sin

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Birthday
28, 1545
Birthplace
South Korea
Death Date
Dec 16, 1598 (53)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
28, 1545
Birthplace
South Korea
Death Date
Dec 16, 1598 (53)

About

Remembered best for his 1597 victory at the Battle of Myeongnyang, this Korean military leader earned the title of Naval Commander for his bravery against invading Japanese forces during the late sixteenth-century Imjin War.

Before Fame

He began his military career as a member of the Bukbyeong army in Korea's northeastern Hamgyeong province.

Trivia

He was killed in combat during the Battle of Noryang.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Hanseong, Korea (present-day Seoul, South Korea), and he grew up as a member of the prominent Deoksu Yi clan.

Associated With

Numerous historians have likened Sun-sin's skill as a naval commander to that of eighteenth-century British admiral Horatio Nelson.