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Basil L. Plumley, Army veteran
of three wars, dies at 92

Washington Post, by Staff

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Posted By:PeoplesRepublikNY, 10/12/2012 12:47:07 PM

Basil L. Plumley, 92, a retired Army command sergeant major whose exploits as an infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie “We Were Soldiers,” died Oct. 10 under hospice care in Columbus, Ga. [Snip] Command Sgt. Maj. Plumley fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and made five parachute jumps into combat. Friends said he never told war stories and was known to hang up on people who called to interview him. Still, he was near-legendary in the Army and gained more widespread fame

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A true American hero, CSM Basil Plumley joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and retired in 1974, serving his country with distinction as a combat infantryman in three wars. RIP, Command Sergeant Major.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Italiano, 10/12/2012 12:49:33 PM     (No. 8928480)

This was the Sam Elliott character in We Were Soldiers. Quite a man. RIP.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 10/12/2012 12:55:28 PM     (No. 8928497)

R.I.P., "Top".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tren9, 10/12/2012 1:06:11 PM     (No. 8928528)

For those who did not serve in the military, a Command Sergeant Major 'out ranks' a General. No General of any experience could have got there without his 'top' and will readily give credit to his CSM for his successes.
RIP

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/12/2012 1:07:18 PM     (No. 8928533)

My thanks to #1 for identifying Sergeant Major Plumley as the real life counterpart to Sam Elliot's gruff Sergeant Major Plumley in We Were Soldiers.

If you like reading Vietnam War history, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam , is essential reading.

Mel Gibson's movie is well done, also. As one who came of age slightly too late to fight in the Vietnam War era--I endured the draft lottery drawings and drew "313"--I always looked up to the guys I considered to be my older brothers: the Vietnam vetarans. They're just as great in my eyes as what Tom Brokaw called the Great Generation. And I will always look up to them. Every one of them. Real men.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ammo Guy, 10/12/2012 1:16:36 PM     (No. 8928550)

One of my favorite lines in any movie I've ever seen in more than 50 years of movie-going was Plumley's response to LTC Moore when asked: "Think maybe you oughtta get yourself that M-16?"
Plumley: Time comes I need one, sir, there'll be plenty of 'em lying on the ground.

(Chuckle) - just like every grizzled old SGM I've ever known...and I've known them all the way back to WWII. At ease, SGM Plumley, RIP and say hi to Audie Murphy and Scooter Burke when you see them.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/12/2012 1:21:03 PM     (No. 8928564)

"Good mornin', Sergeant Major!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBbQm1avEY

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncssister, 10/12/2012 1:25:45 PM     (No. 8928575)

A hero for sure. On a related note, posters may enjoy this article about General Hal Moore from the local paper in Auburn, AL where he still lives. It details his life now as a widower and devout Catholic. http://www.auburnvillager.com/story_1210968471015889_20080516-'A-General's-Spiritual-Journey'.html

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Four_Leaf resident, 10/12/2012 1:43:17 PM     (No. 8928613)

Garryowen! Make sure your speakers are on for this: http://www.us7thcavalry.com/legend.htm

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SavoySix, 10/12/2012 2:08:14 PM     (No. 8928672)

Hand.......salute

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Reply 10 - Posted by: save America, 10/12/2012 2:27:00 PM     (No. 8928711)

We are losing these great Americans daily.Try looking up Dick Meadows or Tony Poe.Along with Basil,these men were all legends of 3 wars and endless acts of bravery.I'm sure we have great fighting men today,following in the footsteps of these great warriors.They just need a new C.I.C.who will throw out the current rules of engagement,and allow them to win.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: geoman, 10/12/2012 2:39:09 PM     (No. 8928747)

I'm fortunate to have one of those highly decorated three-war (WWII, Korea, VN) vets still living nearby in a small Tx. town. While not famous like CSM Plumley, I've always been proud to call him "dad."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tocsin, 10/12/2012 3:24:54 PM     (No. 8928825)

R.I.P. Command Sergeant Major
HUA #11 &
"Hooah" to "dad".

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Reply 13 - Posted by: obdurate, 10/12/2012 4:31:58 PM     (No. 8928891)

We will not see the likes of him again.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Smaj, 10/12/2012 8:46:24 PM     (No. 8929310)

A true American warrior and soldier. Rest In Peace, Sergeant Major.

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