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Korea, South

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin (1545–98) in Seoul. Yi was a Korean admiral and military general famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin War (Japanese Invasions) from 1592-98. Yi became an exemplar of conduct for both the Koreans and Japanese. Incredibly, despite the fact that he had no prior naval training, Admiral Yi was never defeated at sea nor lost a single ship under his command to enemy action; military historians have placed him on par with Admiral Horatio Nelson as one of the greatest naval commanders in history.