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Choonhavan in 1953
14 August 1891|
Samut Songkhram, Siam
26 January 1973 (aged 81)|
|Service/||Royal Thai Army|
Air Chief Marshal
3rd infantry division Phayap Army|
Ministry of Defence
Royal Thai Armed Forces
|Battles/wars||Boworadet Rebellion, Franco-Thai War, Burma Campaign|
|Other work||Military Governor of the Shan States (1943)|
Field Marshal Phin Choonhavan (Thai: ผิน ชุณหะวัณ; RTGS: Phin Chunhawan; August 14 1891- 26 January 1973) was a Thai military leader and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Phin was a leader of several coups against the government, most notably the 1947 coup. During the Second World War, he commanded the Phayap Army's 3rd Division before being made military governor of the Shan States, which Thailand had occupied during the Burma Campaign.
Phin was the son of a Chinese physician, Kai (Chinese: 开) who migrated to Siam from Chaoshan, as was the father of his wife, Lim Hong (Chinese: 林风), who was also an immigrant from Shantou. His son, Chatichai Choonhavan, became Prime Minister of Thailand. His daughter, Udomlak, married Phao Sriyanond, director general of the Thai police. Another daughter, Charoen, married Pramarn Adireksarn, who served as deputy prime minister in several governments.
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