“Baby it’s Cold Outside” is a song written by Frank Loesser in 1944. It is a duet in which a man attempts to convince a woman that they should stay together for a romantic night, since the weather is cold and the trip home would be difficult.
Let’s focus on the last part of that sentence, with the ‘cold weather’ and ‘a difficult trip home’. This week we start the story of then Marine Corps Private First Class Arthur E. "Bud" Wedemeyer, Jr., the son of the Mayor of Larkspur at that time, and later a fireman at two bay area military bases and in the Larkspur FD. Wedemeyer fought in one of the nastiest battles in U.S. Marine Corps history, starting this week in 1950 in Korea on November 27, and lasting for the next 15 days.
The word ‘cold’ does not begin to describe the weather, and the description of the ‘...trip home would be difficult’ are also weak in painting the picture of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Many of the American and UN soldiers never made it home, along with the enemy dead. See our Special Recognition & Award Recipients Section for this fascinating story on Staff Sergeant Arthur E. "Bud" Wedemeyer, U.S. Marine Corps.
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