Rest in Peace CSM Plumley


A peaceful goodbye for Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley

America lost a great Warrior last Wednesday, 10 October 2012, when retired Command Sergeant Major Basil Plumley passed away in Columbus, Georgia. CSM Plumley was immortalized in the book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young as the Battalion CSM for the US Army’s 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam during the Battle of Ia Drang. The book, authored by CSM Plumley’s former commander, LTG Hal Moore and journalist Joesph Galloway, gives a detailed account of the first major engagement between American and NVA soldiers, where CSM Plumley is lauded by Moore as an outstanding leader. He is portrayed in the movie We Were Soldiers by actor Sam Elliott. 

 

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4 thoughts on “Rest in Peace CSM Plumley

  1. So fine are ye who hold the line unsung
    By any but those proud few men who know–
    By virtue of their own devotion; though
    They boast not how they crossed an ocean; young;

    An age at which so few would broach, among
    Themselves, such grave and worldly things; who show
    The world, by deeds, that matters which bestow
    Such life! such death! affairs of kings! who slung,

    So rife with breath, together, tales told
    And sung, and written down, with reverence;
    Who know the price which, sometimes, must be paid;
    Who, though as any, fear malevolence,
    Dare throw down tyrants, numbering untold;
    Who sow this seed–the sum that freedom weighed.

    Rest in Peace Brave Warrior.
    And Godspeed.

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