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Yi Geon

Given NameGeon
Born28 Oct 1909
Died21 Dec 1990
CountryKorea, Japan


ww2dbaseYi Geon was born to Yi Gang (Prince Imperial Eui) and Lady Jeong in 1909. his paternal grandfather was Emperor Gwangmu of Korea. In 1918, he enrolled in the prestigious Gakushuin Primary School in Japan. In 1930, he was commissioned into the Japanese Army as a cavalry junior officer. In 1931, he married Yoshiko Matsudaira. In 1932, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, followed by captain in 1936. In the 1930s, he served as the instructor of horsemanship at the Japanese Military Academy. In 1940, he was promoted to the rank of major. In 1943, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was at the rank of colonel when the war ended in 1945. He remained in Japan after the war. In Oct 1947, he lost his royal status by the orders of Douglas MacArthur's administration. In 1950, he became a naturalized Japanese citizen under the name of Kenichi Momoyama. In 1951, he divorced Yoshiko Matsudaira and married Yoshiko Maeda. He passed away in 1990; Prince Takahito of Mikasa of the Japanese Imperial family attended his funeral.

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Last Major Revision: May 2014

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28 Oct 1909 Yi Geon was born in Korea.
5 Oct 1931 Yi Geon married Yoshiko Matsudaira in Tokyo, Japan.
21 Dec 1990 Yi Geon passed away in Japan.


Prince Yi Geon and Yoshiko Matsudaira, Japan, Dec 1931Portrait of Prince Yi Geon of Korea, a captain in the Japanese Army, 1937
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