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Independence Patriot of the Month-August
Date 2008-07-31 오후 8:57:31 View 3539
Yoo Dong-yeol (1879~1950)

Yoo Dong-yeol was born in Pyeonganbuk-do in March, 1879. When he was 19, Yoo went over to San Francisco and then moved to Japan.
His military career started as he attended a preliminary school of a military academy.

Yoo founded an underground organization as an officer of the Korean Empire with other national activists. He planned to assassinate a pro-Japanese Korean minister. In 1909, Yoo left the military and joined in the National Debt Repayment Movement and engaged in independence activities of other underground organizations. His active involvement in national independence movement got the attention of Japanese authorities. As it became difficult for him to carry out independence movements due to Japanese oppression, he decided to move to Beijing in China.

Yoo actively participated in the efforts to raise fund for the National Independence Army at home and abroad including Beijing. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on a charge of his involvement in a conspiracy to assassinate a Japanese senior official. He served one and a half years of jail term.

Yoo played an important role in the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, serving as a state minister and the Chief of Staff of the Liberation Army. He took responsibility for military policies and activities of the Provisional Government.

He was abducted by North Korea during the Korean War and died in 1950.

To honor his contribution to the State, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Presidential Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1989.
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