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Basil Plumley, retired veteran whose book became 'We Were Soldiers' movie, dies in Georgia
AP via Fox News ^ | 10 October 2012 | AP Pool

Posted on 10/11/2012 7:09:02 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie "We Were Soldiers," has died at 92 -- an age his friends are amazed that he lived to see.

Plumley fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and was awarded a medal for making five parachute jumps into combat. The retired command sergeant major died Wednesday...

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; US: Georgia; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: american; army; hero; military
I had the extreme pleasure and honor of meeting with this man and presenting him with MG Harold G. (Hal) Moore to my Air Command and Staff College class. I learned much, as a USAF officer from this amazing American Army Non-Com.

he was an absolute giant and commanded respect of all. when he marched on stage he was an intended surprise to the class and all present...when they realized who the man was before him they ALL jumped to their feet and the applause did not die for some time.

I loved that this man took it upon himself to join in with this presentation...he drove over from Georgia that morning in his Canary Yellow pick-up truck with the black 1st of the 7th Cav on each door.

Rest easy Sergeant Major, from the most greatful of nations to a real-American-Hero!

1 posted on 10/11/2012 7:09:10 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER
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To: ICE-FLYER

God Bless this man’s memory and may we MAKE HIM PROUD on November 6th!!!


2 posted on 10/11/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Ping


3 posted on 10/11/2012 7:19:02 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ICE-FLYER

R.I.P.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 7:22:01 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ICE-FLYER

May the repose of his soul be with God forever and ever. Amen


5 posted on 10/11/2012 7:25:54 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: ICE-FLYER

That’s a wonderful story ICE-FLYEr. They don’t make them like that anymore. Thank you.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 7:27:18 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: ICE-FLYER

Solemn bump...


7 posted on 10/11/2012 7:31:55 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: ICE-FLYER

“We Were Soldiers”. The movie that gave us The Reagan Hymn.

Rest easy, Sarmajor.


8 posted on 10/11/2012 7:54:10 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: ICE-FLYER

I’m actually re-reading “We Were Soldiers Once...and Young” right now. What an amazing story and what amazing men.

“Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!”

RIP Sergeant Major Plumley.

}:-)4


9 posted on 10/11/2012 7:55:55 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: ICE-FLYER

A man’s man. Go in peace Brother. There is a special place for you in Heaven. He is a soldier now in the Lord’s Army.


10 posted on 10/11/2012 8:17:25 AM PDT by animal172 (Go Paul Ryan. Chew 'em up and spit 'em out.)
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To: ICE-FLYER
Thank you for sharing that.

Rest In Peace, CSM Plumley, and our prayers are with your loved ones.

11 posted on 10/11/2012 8:47:31 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Why not eliminate the middle man and have whoever feeds Obama his lines debate Romney directly?")
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To: pollywog

Great soldier and American patriot but the title of the article is inaccurate. The Mel Gibson movie was based on the book “We Were Soldiers Once........and Young”, written by Gen Hal Moore and Journalist Joe Galloway. On D-Day, he jumped with the 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion on to the beaches of Normandy. My uncle Frank was also one of the paratroopers making the jump, and knew him well. Uncle Frank died in 1995. These men had brass balls. Long live their memory. If not for their sacrifices we would be speaking German instead of English.


12 posted on 10/11/2012 8:56:58 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: ICE-FLYER

Never net him, only read about him and watched the movie, yet tears flow at this news. We need a replacement for him but how do we replace the irreplaceable?


13 posted on 10/11/2012 9:00:03 AM PDT by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: Moose4
“Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!”

I wonder if his preference for using a 1911 pistol as his only defense was accurate? He basically refused to pick up an M16 for the duration of the battle. Not that I blame him, I'd probably feel more comfortable with the tried and true 1911 over the 5.56mm at that point in time as well, but I'll bet he could have procured an M14 for himself very easily and used ammo for the M60 to resupply....

14 posted on 10/11/2012 9:26:52 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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I know the title well and I am surprised that the moderator changed it from MY TITLE that I came up with to this one. I actually have one of the most cherished items...a Leatherbound-gold-leaf copy signed by him, MG Moore and joe Galloway. Pure magic to me. These men are such real heroes to me. I feel as small as ever in their presence.


15 posted on 10/11/2012 9:41:07 AM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: ICE-FLYER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WArAyjr8dRA


16 posted on 10/11/2012 9:59:51 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: ExSoldier

I wonder if his preference for using a 1911 pistol as his only defense was accurate? He basically refused to pick up an M16 for the duration of the battle. Not that I blame him, I’d probably feel more comfortable with the tried and true 1911 over the 5.56mm at that point in time as well, but I’ll bet he could have procured an M14 for himself very easily and used ammo for the M60 to resupply....


I understand he stated (on the battlefield) if the time came for him to pick up a rifle, there would be plenty laying around.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 10:11:04 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: ICE-FLYER

God bless and hold him dear.


18 posted on 10/11/2012 1:03:53 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: ICE-FLYER

Garry Owen.


19 posted on 10/11/2012 1:08:33 PM PDT by OK
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To: OK

Most assuredly...”Garry Owen!”


20 posted on 10/11/2012 2:54:18 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: ExSoldier

All accounts from the battle at LZ X-Ray say Plumley used the M1911 as his weapon. It should be noted that his primary functions were to Keep Hal Moore alive. Not an easy task as Moore is not one to hide. Also, to run the LZ. Collect and distribute supplies and ammo. It was reported that above the constant noise of battle his voice could be heard shouting instructions. A hot LZ maestro. I like the story of Plumley pulling a white hot magnesium flare out of an ammo crate and tossing it away, barehanded.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 5:06:17 AM PDT by MadRiver
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To: ICE-FLYER

All the way.


22 posted on 10/13/2012 5:12:12 PM PDT by kennyboy509 ( Ha! I kill me!!!)
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