When a Military Hero Dies in North Korea, His Funeral Hearse Is an APC

North Korea's oddly compelling send off to an longtime Army officer.


Marshal Ri Ul-sol, a long-serving military official in the North Korean People's Army,  His lavish, flower-adorned state funeral was attended by hundreds of politicians and military officials.

Marshal Ri got quite a sendoff. His casket, slow-walked by pallbearers in a procession led by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was rolled to a waiting armored personnel carrier. The procession was accompanied by an honor guard carrying chrome-plated Type 58 assault rifles. 

But the truly majestic touch was that Ri's body was then driven through Pyongyang to his final resting  on top of a M-2010 armored personnel carrier. The is a clone of the Russian BTR-80A armored personnel carrier. Armed with two 14.5-millimeter machine guns, the M-2010 has a crew of three and can carry seven to eight personnel internally. And apparently one coffin externally.

was a fixture in the North Korean military and political scene for more than sixty years. Ri was an anti-Japanese guerrilla fighter and allegedly a bodyguard Kim Il Sung, grandfather to the current leader Kim Jong Un. He was 94. 

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