Luo Ronghuan

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Luo Ronghuan (Chinese: 罗荣桓) was one of the 10 Great Marshals of the PLA. A native of Hengshan, Hunan province, Luo Ronghuan was born on Nov. 26, 1902. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) and participated in the "Autumn Harvest Uprising" in September 1927 in the rural areas bordering the Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. He held key military positions during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945) and the War of Liberation (1946-1949).

Since the founding of the PLA, Luo emphasized communication with the soldiers. During the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, when his army stationed in Shandong, he called on Party members to play an exemplary role and asked officers to strengthen communication with grass-roots soldiers.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Luo served as the chief procurator of the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the director of the political department of the PLA. He was granted the rank of Great Marshal in 1955. Luo conducted comprehensive surveys on the PLA's education level and wrote instructions on enhancing the overall educational level of the army. His work, later approved by Mao Zedong, has proved to be important in the building of the modern military forces of China.

Luo died on Dec. 16, 1963, at the age of 61.