Following are his biography and the milestones in his journey.
Soeharto was born on June 8, 1921 in Kamusuk, a small hamlet or an offshoot of the village of Godean in Argomulyo district, 12 kilometers west of Yogyakarta, Central Java.
His father, Kertosudiro, was an "ulu-ulu", or minor village official with responsibility for the upkeep of irrigation works in the village rice field.
Before he was two months old, Soeharto`s mother Sukirah apparently fell ill, abandoned him, unable to suckle her infant.
"As a result, he was given to his paternal great aunt, the local midwife who had helped in his birth, mBah Kromodiryo," Michael Votikiotis wrote in his book: "Indonesia Under Soeharto".
Later, when Soeharto was 8, his father took him away again. The young Soeharto entered school at the age of 8.
After leaving school, Soeharto tried his hand at various jobs, including that of assistant clerk at a village bank.
In June 1940, at the age of 19, he joined the Dutch colonial army (KNIL) and ...
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