Fu Zuoyi (June 27, 1895-April 19, 1974), courtesy name Yisheng, Shanxi A native of Linyi, a general of the National Revolutionary Army. He is a famous anti-Japanese general and a member of the Kuomintang who pursues progress.
Entered Taiyuan Army Primary School in 1910. In 1911, he participated in the Revolution of 1911. In 1915, he entered the fifth infantry department of Baoding Military Academy to study. After 1924, he served as the head of the Eighth Regiment of the Fourth Brigade of the Jin Army and the commander of the Fourth Division. In 1927, he participated in the Northern Expedition. The following year, he served as the commander-in-chief of the Fifth Army of the Third Army and the commander of Tianjin Garrison. In 1930, he participated in the Central Plains War and was stationed in Suiyuan after the defeat. In 1931, he served as the commander of the 35th Army of the Jinsui Army and the chairman of the Suiyuan Provincial Government.
At the beginning of November 1936, the Battle of Bailing Temple was launched and the puppet army in Suiyuan was eliminated, defeating the Japanese army’s conspiracy to invade Suiyuan westward. During the Anti-Japanese War, he successively served as the commander-in-chief of the Seventh Army. During the War of Liberation, he served as the commander of the “Suppression General” in North China. In January 1949, the peaceful liberation of Beiping was promoted, so that the ancient cultural capital Beijing and all its precious historical buildings were preserved intact, and the lives and properties of 2 million Beijing citizens were saved from war.
After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, he served successively as a member of the Central People’s Government, minister of the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Water Resources and Electric Power, vice chairman of the Fourth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and vice chairman of the National Defense Commission. He served as the minister of the Ministry of Water Resources (later the Ministry of Water Resources and Electric Power) for 22 years and made important contributions to the development of water resources in New China.
On April 19, 1974, he died of illness in Beijing at the age of 79.
< span>After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Fu Zuoyi served as the first Minister of Water Resources. He had been working for 23 years until he resigned for approval one year before his death. During his tenure as Minister of Water Resources, Fu Zuoyi traveled all over the country. From the foot of the Tianshan Mountains to the coast of Shajing, from the Songliao Plain to the water conservancy and power construction sites in the Pearl River Delta, he has left his footprints. When severe floods occurred, Fu Zuoyi went to the front line of flood fighting and rescue, and made an indelible contribution to the water conservancy and electric power industry in New China.
Mao Zedong: “You are a great hero in Beijing, and you should be awarded a medal as big as the Temple of Heaven.”
Mao Zedong spoke highly of: Yisheng contributed a lot to the peaceful liberation of Peiping, and the people will never forget you.
In the early years, because Fu Zuoyi was far away from his hometown, he spent a lot of money and didn’t pay attention to saving. He borrowed 20 taels of silver from others. When he returned home during the winter vacation, his father did not blame him. He just took him to the Yellow River, asked him to take off his shoes and socks, jumped into the water together, and said to him: “This is how I earned my money.” He advocated simplicity in this life, and he was called “General Commoner”.
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