Karel Sadsuitubun
A stamp of Karel, c. 1966
Personal details
Karel Sadsuitubun

(1928-10-14)14 October 1928
Tual, Southeast Maluku, Dutch East Indies
Died1 October 1965(1965-10-01) (aged 36)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Cause of deathShooting
SpouseMargaretha Waginah
OccupationPolice officer
Military service
Branch/serviceIndonesian National Police
Years of service1945–1965
RankPolice Second Sub-inspector (posthumously)
UnitMobile Brigade Corps
AwardsNational Hero of Indonesia

Karel Sadsuitubun (also mistakenly written as Karel Satsuit Tubun;[1] 14 October 1928 – 1 October 1965) was an Indonesian police officer and national hero. A bodyguard for deputy prime minister Johannes Leimena, he was killed while on duty in a scuffle by communists during the 1965 coup d'état.[2]

Karel Satsuit Tubun was born in Tual, Southeast Maluku, on 14 October 1928. He became a police officer, participating in Operation Trikora, and after the transfer of West Irian, he became a bodyguard for deputy prime minister Johannes Leimena. As a bodyguard, he was promoted to the rank of Police Brigadier. On 30 September 1965, communist rebels planned to kidnap and kill members of the armed forces in a coup d'état, including Major General Abdul Haris Nasution, who was in the house next to Leimena's. During the commotion, Tubun woke up and attempted to shoot the rebels. However, he was shot at, and died instantly.

The coup d'état would fail, and in the aftermath, Tubun was declared a national hero. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Police Second Sub-inspector. A number of things are named in his honor, including an Indonesian frigate known as the KRI Karel Satsuitubun (356) and an airport.


  1. ^ Luxiana, Kadek Melda (2017-10-01). "Agar sejarah tak kabur, Keluarga besar minta penulisan KS Tubun diubah". merdeka.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  2. ^ Mirnawati (2012). Kumpulan Pahlawan Indonesia Terlengkap [Most Complete Collection of Indonesian Heroes] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: CIF. ISBN 978-979-788-343-0.