Karel Satsuit Tubun
Karel Satsuit Tubun 1966 Indonesia stamp.jpg
A stamp of Karel, c. 1966
Personal details
Karel Sadsuitubun

(1928-10-14)October 14, 1928
Tual, Southeast Maluku, Dutch East Indies
DiedOctober 1, 1965(1965-10-01) (aged 36)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Cause of deathShooting
Spouse(s)Margaretha Waginah
OccupationPolice officer
Military service
Allegiance Indonesia
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Indonesian National Police
Years of service1945 – 1965

Police Second Sub-inspector (Posthumous)
UnitMobile Brigade Corps
AwardsNational Hero of Indonesia

Karel Satsuit Tubun (also written as Karel Sadsuitubun;[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 murdered by while on duty in a scuffle by communists during the 1965 abortive coup d'état, known as the 30 September Movement.[2]

Karel Satsuit Tubun was born in Tual, Southeast Maluku, on 14 October 1928. He became a police officer. He participated in Operation Trikora, and after the return 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, the 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 by them, and he 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.