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By: Fort Benning, GA|Vis News Release

Published: October 10, 2012

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley has died at Columbus Hospice.  He was 92.  Plumley served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

During the Vietnam War, he was sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment commanded by Lt. General (then Lt. Col.) Hal Moore.  The actions of that unit in the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965 were the basis of Moore's book, "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young."  The book was made in to a movie in 2002 starring Mel Gibson.  Plumley was played by Sam Elliot.

The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle between the United State Army  and regulars of the People's Army of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.     

CSM Plumley enlisted in the Army in March 1942 and retired with 32 years of service.  He worked at Martin Army Community Hospital for fifteen years after retirement.

He was born in 1920 in Sandy Springs, West Virginia.

A news release from Fort Benning lists his awards and decorations:  Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with arrowhead device and one silver and three bronze campaign stars (eight  campaigns), World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one Gold Star, Korean Service Medal with one Arrowhead Device and three campaign stars, Vietnam Service Medal with eight campaign stars, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Presidential Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm three Awards, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Award Honor Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Order of Saint Maurice, Combat Infantryman Badge (third award), Master Parachutist Badge with five Combat Jump Stars, French Croix de Guerre 82nd Airborne, Belgian Croix de Guerre 82nd Airborne, Dutch Order of the Orange 82nd Airborne, Doughboy Award 1999.

     Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


CSM Basil L. Plumley (born 1920 in West Virginia) is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in his book We Were Soldiers Once...And Young. The Sergeant Major was known affectionately by his soldiers as "Old Iron Jaw". Plumley is a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He made all 4 combat jumps with the 82nd Airborne Division in WWII (Sicily, Salerno, D-Day and Market Garden) and one in Korea with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major. After his retirement, Plumley worked for many years at a hospital in Georgia.


Plumley was one of the senior Sergeants-Major in the Army. He and Moore served together as Sergeant-Major and Commander for over two years at Fort Benning and in Vietnam.

When the Department of the Army created the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the first promotion board reviewed the eligible population of Sergeants Major in three increments with a promotion list being published at the conclusion of each increment.  CSM Plumley was on the promotion list published at the conclusion of the third increment and promoted 1968.

To this day, there are veterans of the 1/7 CAV who are convinced that God may look like CSM Plumley, but HE is not nearly as tough as the Sergeant Major on sins small or large.

He was portrayed by Sam Elliott in the film, We Were Soldiers.


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Awards and Decorations:


Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster

Bronze Start with one Oak Leaf Cluster

Purple Heart with three Oak Leaf Clusters

Army Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters

Army Presidential Unit Citation

Army Good Conduct Medal

American Campaign Medal

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Device, One Silver and Three Bronze Campaign Stars (8 campaigns)

World War II Victory Medal

Army of Occupation Medal

National Defense Service Medal with one Gold Star 

Korean Service Medal with one Arrowhead Device and three Campaign Stars

Vietnam Service Medal with eight Campaign Stars

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Republic of Vietnam Presidential Citation

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation the Palm three Awards

United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Award Honor Medal

Republic of Korea Was Service Medal, Order of Saint Maurice

Combat Infantryman Badge (3rd Award)

Master Parachutist Badge with five Combat Jump Stars

French Croix de Guerre 82nd Airborne

Belgian Croix de Guerre 82nd Airborne

Dutch Order of the Orange 82nd Airborne

Doughboy Award 1999


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Rest in Peace, CSM Plumley!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE!!!!!


A True Patriot, An American Hero and a Soldier's Soldier!!


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Rest in peace, CSM Plumley.  36TR, you said it well and true, "A True Patriot, An American Hero and a Soldier's Soldier!!"


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Rest in peace my friend and thanks for the service....   My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.....

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RIP CSM Plumley. Thank you for your service. 


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Lt. Col. Hal Moore and SGM Basil Plumley (circa 1966)


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CSM (Ret) Basil Plumley and Lt Gen (Ret) Hal Moore: 2009


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No one, not even God will ever tell him what kind of day to have he has had his days. a true soldier's soldier is with the Army of God. Rest in Peace CSM and thank you for your service. You are missed...

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Rest in Peace CSM Plumley. Thank you for your service.

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Rest in Peace CSM Plumley. Thank you for your service.

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Rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

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There are people who walk among us that are extraordinary. The live beyond the call of duty. Their lives are exemplars for the common man. They take on tasks and missions with whom civilians retreat. They stand in the gap and remain there until properly relieved, or there is an "All Clear' declared, or if they hear a 'We're Code 4 here" or if the threat has ceased.


Command Sergeant Major Plumley exemplified these traits.


And he walked among us.


Rest easy, Soldier. Time to go home.


 


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There are people who walk among us that are extraordinary. The live beyond the call of duty. Their lives are exemplars for the common man. They take on tasks and missions with whom civilians retreat. They stand in the gap and remain there until properly relieved, or there is an "All Clear' declared, or if they hear a 'We're Code 4 here" or if the threat has ceased.


Command Sergeant Major Plumley exemplified these traits.


And he walked among us.


Rest easy, Soldier. Time to go home.


 



BUMP!!!!!!  


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What an astonishing term of service military and civilian!  Thank you, 36TR, for your notice of the passing of Retired Commander Sergeant Basil Plumley.  God rest noble warrior Plumley! Bless and keep his family well!


From out the proud history of our great-spirited fighting men and women comes CSM Basil Plumley so we may forever remember the meaning of their sacrifices.


Without them, we shall have been subsumed.



Landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire are these American soldiers, shown just as they left the ramp of a Coast Guard landing boat, June 6, 1944. CPhoM. Robert F. Sargent. (Coast Guard).


 



American howitzers shell German forces retreating near Carentan, France. July 11, 1944. Franklin. (Army)


 


 



Parachutes open overhead as waves of paratroops land in Holland during operations by the 1st Allied Airborne Army. September 1944. Exact Date Shot Unknown (Army)


 



Japanese night raiders are greeted with a lacework of anti-aircraft fire by the Marine defenders of Yontan airfield, on Okinawa.  In the foreground are Marine Corsair fighter planes of the “Hell’s Belles’ squadron. 1945. T.Sgt. Chorlest. Exact Date Shot Unknown (Marine Corps)



Task Force 58 raid on Japan. 40mm guns firing aboard USS HORNET on 16 February 1945, as the carrier’s planes were raiding Tokyo. Note expended shells and ready-service ammunition at right. February 1945. Lt. Comdr. Charles Kerlee. (Navy) – Note the shells on ground.


 


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Thank You, Sir !! May you rest in peace !!

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 Rest In Peace Hero !!

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Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service.

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Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service.

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Funeral Services started at 13:00 hours (EST) today. America Says Farewell to a Hero.........



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Mourners arriving at the Infantry Center Chapel, Ft Benning, Ga.



Yes, actor Sam Elliott is among them (Elliott portrayed CSM Plumley in the movie "We Were Soldiers")


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This gentleman was a soldiers soldier, FIVE COMBAT JUMPS, WW2, KOREA AND VIETNAM, A COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR,  a true american hero. REST IN PEACE SIR.

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On 10-16-12, CSM (Ret) Plumley was Laid to Rest in Ft. Benning Cemetery.


Major General H. R. McMaster presents the U. S. Flag to CSM Plumley's daughter, Debbie Kimble; "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation":




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actor Sam Elliott escorted Debbie Kimble to the Funeral Services)


CSM Basil L. Plumley, truley a member of "The Greatest Generation"!!!


Rest in Peace, CSM Plumley!!


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RIP CSM Plumley.

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 Rest in peace bro! May your family and friends carry on your legacy here on earth while you walk the streets of gold in heaven!!!