General Guillermo Rodríguez Lara (born November 4, 1924), known as "Bombita", is a former military dictator of Ecuador who came was power from February 15, 1972 to January 11, 1976. He took courses in C&R&Bn Staff, Irregular Warfare Orientation, and Maintenance Management at the School of the Americas in Panama.
As commander of the army, he led a military coup d'etat executed by a navy commander named Jorge Queirolo G. and forced president José María Velasco into exile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Ecuadorian military removed him from power in 1976.
- Birth name- Guillermo Rodríguez Lara.
- Nickname(s)- Bombita.
- Born on- November 4, 1924 (age 92).
- Born in- Pujilí, Ecuador.
- Nationality- Ecuadorian.
- Service/branch- Army.
- Years of service- N\A.
- Rank- General.
- Battles/wars- N\A.
- Spouse(s) and kids- Aída Judith León. 5 kids: Nancy, Guillermo, Geoconda, Myriam and Antonio.
- Relations- N\A.
- Other work- President of Ecuador, engineer and farmer.
- Alma mater- School of the Americas and Western Hemisphere Institute for Security.
- Religion- Roman Catholic.
- Awards- The Great Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.
He was a soldier, President of Ecuador, engineer and farmer. During his rule aster the 1972 coup, the drilling the country's oil reserves funded the construction of hospitals, schools, roads (notably, paving the Quito-Tulcán road), the oil refinery at Esmeraldas; brought in agrarian reform, reduced dependence on imports and new equipment for the armed services such as a Sepecat Jaguar fighter plane (its first supersonic fighter jet) and 3 speedboats equipped with Exocet missiles.
The Ecuadorian military removed him from power in 1976 and they sent him in exile.
The Great Cross of the Order of Isabel the Catholic.