Ragıp Gümüşpala

Ragıp Gümüşpala (1897 in Edirne, Adrianople Vilayet – 6 June 1964) was the 11th Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces and founder of the Justice Party in 1961. He died shortly afterwards, on 6 June 1964, in Istanbul.

Ragıp Gümüşpala
Justice Party General Manager
In office
11 February 1961  6 June 1964
Succeeded bySüleyman Demirel
11th Chief of the General Staff
In office
3 June 1960  4 August 1960
3rd Army Commander
In office
21 August 1958  3 June 1960
Preceded byCemal Gürsel
Succeeded byCelal Alkoç
Personal details
Edirne, Ottoman Empire
DiedJune 6, 1964(1964-06-06) (aged 67)
Istanbul, Turkey
Military service
Allegiance Ottoman Empire (1917-1920)
 Turkey (1920-1960)
Branch/serviceTurkish Armed Forces
Years of service1917–1960 (43 years)
Rank General

Previously he was brigadier general in 1948. After serving in various headquarters and troops, major-general in 1951, lieutenant in 1955 and was promoted to the rank of general in 1959. With the rank of brigadier general 65th Division Infantry Brigade Commander, Motor Systems School Command, 9th Division Vice Commander and 3rd Army Chief of Staff, and Major General Commander 65th Division and the 2nd Corps Deputy Commander, with rank of Lieutenant General Commander 7th Corps and Acting Army Commander, 3rd Army.


Military offices
Preceded by
Cemal Gürsel
Commander of the Third Army
29 August 19585 June 1960
Succeeded by
Daniyal Yurdatapan
Preceded by
Rüştü Erdelhun
Chief of the General Staff of Turkey
3 June 19604 August 1960
Succeeded by
Cevdet Sunay
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