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Burma Oo

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He is a pensioned general, former commander-in-chief of the Union of Myanmar military, award-winning military, pro-democracy militant and currently chairman of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, and was a member of the National League for the Democratic Union of Myanmar (NLD), which was founded on March 3, 1927 in Pathein, often called U Tin Oo.

Tin Oo entered the military on February 26, 1946 as Second Lieutenant in the Burma Rifles Military District. On January 7, 1947 he ranked as a lieutenant, on September 27, 1948 as a master and was a senior mate in the training headquarters of the armed forces. He was promoted to company commander at Burma Rifles Military No. 1 on June 22, 1949.

On January 25, 1950, he was made Major and became Deputy Battalion Commander (2IC) of Burma Rifles Battalion No. 1 and assumed the post of Battalion Commander in office on November 27, 1951. On January 21, 1954, Tin Oo was appointed Lieutenant Colonel and on May 30, 1957, was appointed Commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade.

During 1958 and 1961 Lieutenant Colonel Tin Oo was Battalion Commander for the No. 14 Infantry Battalion (from 18 November 1958), No. 2 Burma Rifle Battalion (from 16 February 1961) and after his advancement to Colonel he became Commandant of the No. 13 Infantry Brigade (from 20 February 1961). On February 14, 1963, he was appointed colonel.

He became commander of the Central Regional Military Command on September 19, 1964. Afterwards he was made Brigadier General and was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Army) on 20 April 1972. March 8, 1974 he was appointed general and became commander-in-chief of Tatmadaw.

During the violent suppression of the students' protest for the burial of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, he was commander-in-chief of the army. In the course of his army carrier, General Tin Oo was presented with the Thuya-Medaille, a prestigous distinction for braveness and courage in the face of the Myanmar Army's enemies.

Mr. Karen has conducted campaigning tactics and strategy against the Karen National Union, the Burmese Communist Party and various ethnically based groups, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the state. Tin Oo was compelled to withdraw from his post as commander-in-chief of the Burmese Forces.

Following the formal statement of the then governing Burma Socialist Programme Partys, General Tin Oo was compelled to retirement because Dr Daw Tin Moe Wai, his spouse, has broken the laws and prescriptions established for the wives of Tatmadaw commander officiers by taking a large number of bribery, which affected General Tin Oo's role as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

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