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Yi Eokgi

Yi Eok-gi (Korean:이억기; Hanja:李億祺; RR: Yi Eok-gi; MR: Yi Ŏk-Ki; 3 September 1561 – 27 August 1597) was the commander of the Eastern Jeolla Fleet and later came to be the commander of the Western Jeolla Fleet. At age 32, despite being 15 years younger than Supreme Naval Commander Yi Sun-sin, Yi Eok-gi became his most trusted commander and companion during the Seven Year War. Yi Eok-gi was eventually killed in the devastating Battle of Chilcheollyang Strait while assisting Won Gyun, the Naval Commander of the entire Korean navy at that time.

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Yi led a flotilla of 40 ships alongside Yi Sun Sin and Won Gyun during the Battle of Tanghangpo, Battle of Hansan-do, Battle of Angolpo, the First Battle of Busan Harbor (1592), and the Battle of Unchong. He received a promotion and special recognition for having a major role in the destruction of a Japanese flotilla during the Battle of Hansan-do.

The order to attack the Japanese near Busan originated from King Seonjo himself. The attack on an entrenched Japanese force was viewed by the Korean navy and even some within the government as a suicide mission—in fact, Yi Sun Sin was removed largely for defying this attack order. Factionalism in Seonjo's court pushed Yi Sun Sin's replacement, an equally unenthusiastic Won Gyun, to go forward with the order. On August 20, 1597, an inept Won Gyun led the 200 ship flotilla on an extended row and into a Japanese ambush of 1,000 ships laying off the coast of Cholyong-do. It was now nighttime and Won Kyun and Yi Eok-gi, both unaccustomed to fighting at night, were forced to retreat their exhausted crews multiple times as the Japanese tried to close their trap shut. The commanders fled to the Chilcheollyang Strait where they were later crushed by the advancing Japanese navy. As the Japanese destroyed the Korean fleet, Won Gyun fled, but Yi Eok-gi refused to leave, fighting on until he finally jumped into the waters to his death.

The Republic of Korea Navy's Chang Bogo-class attack submarine ROKS Yi Eokgi (SS-071) is named in his honor.

  1. Hawley, Samuel (2005). The Imjin War. Berkeley: University of California. p. 336. ISBN 89-954424-2-5.
  2. Hawley, Samuel (2005). The Imjin War. Berkeley: University of California. pp. 202–205, 233–239, 249, 332–338. ISBN 89-954424-2-5.
  3. Hawley, Samuel (2005). The Imjin War. Berkeley: University of California. pp. 456–461. ISBN 89-954424-2-5.
  4. "ROKS Lee Sunsin (SSK-068) Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine - South Korea". Military Factory. Retrieved10 December 2018.

Yi Eokgi
Yi Eokgi Language Watch Edit Yi Eok gi Korean 이억기 Hanja 李億祺 RR Yi Eok gi MR Yi Ŏk Ki 3 September 1561 27 August 1597 was the commander of the Eastern Jeolla Fleet and later came to be the commander of the Western Jeolla Fleet At age 32 despite being 15 years younger than Supreme Naval Commander Yi Sun sin Yi Eok gi became his most trusted commander and companion during the Seven Year War 1 Yi Eok gi was eventually killed in the devastating Battle of Chilcheollyang Strait while assisting Won Gyun the Naval Commander of the entire Korean navy at that time Yi EokgiHangul이억기Hanja李億祺Revised RomanizationYi Eok giMcCune ReischauerYi Ŏk KiPen nameHangul경수Hanja景受Revised RomanizationGyeongsuMcCune ReischauerKyŏngsuPosthumous nameHangul의민Hanja毅愍Revised RomanizationUiminMcCune ReischauerǓimin Contents 1 Early campaigns 2 Battle of Chilcheollyang Strait and Death 3 Legacy 4 Popular culture 5 See also 6 ReferencesEarly campaigns EditYi led a flotilla of 40 ships alongside Yi Sun Sin and Won Gyun during the Battle of Tanghangpo Battle of Hansan do Battle of Angolpo the First Battle of Busan Harbor 1592 and the Battle of Unchong He received a promotion and special recognition for having a major role in the destruction of a Japanese flotilla during the Battle of Hansan do 2 Battle of Chilcheollyang Strait and Death EditThe order to attack the Japanese near Busan originated from King Seonjo himself The attack on an entrenched Japanese force was viewed by the Korean navy and even some within the government as a suicide mission in fact Yi Sun Sin was removed largely for defying this attack order Factionalism in Seonjo s court pushed Yi Sun Sin s replacement an equally unenthusiastic Won Gyun to go forward with the order On August 20 1597 an inept Won Gyun led the 200 ship flotilla on an extended row and into a Japanese ambush of 1 000 ships laying off the coast of Cholyong do It was now nighttime and Won Kyun and Yi Eok gi both unaccustomed to fighting at night were forced to retreat their exhausted crews multiple times as the Japanese tried to close their trap shut The commanders fled to the Chilcheollyang Strait where they were later crushed by the advancing Japanese navy As the Japanese destroyed the Korean fleet Won Gyun fled but Yi Eok gi refused to leave fighting on until he finally jumped into the waters to his death 3 Legacy EditThe Republic of Korea Navy s Chang Bogo class attack submarine ROKS Yi Eokgi SS 071 is named in his honor 4 Popular culture EditPortrayed by Choi Dong joon in the 2004 2005 KBS1 TV series Immortal Admiral Yi Sun sin See also EditNanjung ilgiReferences Edit Hawley Samuel 2005 The Imjin War Berkeley University of California p 336 ISBN 89 954424 2 5 Hawley Samuel 2005 The Imjin War Berkeley University of California pp 202 205 233 239 249 332 338 ISBN 89 954424 2 5 Hawley Samuel 2005 The Imjin War Berkeley University of California pp 456 461 ISBN 89 954424 2 5 ROKS Lee Sunsin SSK 068 Diesel Electric Attack Submarine South Korea Military Factory Retrieved 10 December 2018 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yi Eokgi amp oldid 1039022884, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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