Memorial Day – US Medal of Honor Recipients in Google Earth

US Medals of Honor in Google Earth

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is awarded “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force.”

This collection of placemarks shows the birthplaces of recipients of the US Medal of Honor from the following campaigns:

The China (The Boxer Rebellion) 1900, Mexican (Vera Cruz) 1914, Haiti 1915 Campaign, Dominican Campaign 1916, World War I 1917-1918, Haiti 1919 – 1920, Nicaraguan Campaign 1927 – 1933, World War II 1941 – 1945, North Korea 1950 – 1953, Vietnam 1964 – 1973, Somalia 1993 and The War On Terror (2002 – 2006).

The collection shows the placemarks of the birthplaces of each winner and the descriptions show date of birth, rank, organization, location of deed, and the citation. Photos are also available in some cases. The collection was developed by ‘Up_The_Spurs’ from the Google Earth Community who also did the recipients of the Victoria Cross.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Bruce Blitch says:

    What a great post. Thanks for bringing this layer to our attention.
    However, using “Google” Earth to remember our heroes is somewhat ironic given that Google itself choses *not* to use its well-known logo creativity to do the same thing on this national holiday.
    Seems like it would simply be a respectful thing to do…

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