The Korean War’s “Chosin Few”

Story by Josiah Wilson, Defense Media Activity

The “Chosin Few”. It is without doubt that the name of this group was given for a very distinct reason. You see, these men were a part of one of the most legendary battles of the Korean War.

On November 27, 1950, 120,000 Chinese troops took 15,000 U.S. Marines and allied forces by surprise in Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. The heroes fought for their lives, losing 718 of their own, but taking out 25,000 enemy troops. In the aftermath, 17 Medals of Honor, 70 Navy Crosses and many distinguished service crosses were awarded for bravery during the battle.


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