Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Chosin Reservoir Medal of Honor Map

Last week I attended the North American Cartographic Information Society Conference in Oklahoma City-virtually. There are always many inspiring maps to see there and I will likely be highlighting a few over the next few months. Here is a map by cartographer Gene Thorp showing the recipients of the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.

The gold stars are the best available locations of the actions that thirteen service members were awarded for. The battle was a turning point in the early part of the Korean War when the Chinese entered the war and drove UN forces out of North Korea through treacherous frozen mountainous terrain. Thorp used terrain from Google Earth and shows a winter-time scene that does a good job of conveying the conditions. The map was exported to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator where the annotation was created. 

This map is used by the National Medal of Honor Museum to visualize the extreme conditions these award recipients went through.

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