All of the Plumley scenes in the film “We Were Soldiers” are amazing. On Ne<tflix streaming I have often just skipped to watch them. “Any of you sons of bitches call me ‘GrandPa’...I’ll kill you.”
Salty Soldier Language Warning: Don't read if you are offened by such. You were warned.
From the movie.
Lt. Colonel Moore: I wonder what was going through Custer's mind when he realized that he'd led his men into a slaughter?
Sergeant Major Basil Plumley: Sir, Custer was a pussy. You ain't.
[Moore and Plumley are looking on at the NVA headquarters]
Sergeant Major Plumley: You want to know how Custer felt? Why don't you ask him?
Lt. Colonel Moore: When Crazy Horse was a baby, he nursed at the breast of every woman in the tribe. The Sioux raised their children that way. Every warrior called every woman in the tribe "Mother". Every older warrior, they called him "Grandfather". Now, the point here is that they fought as a family. Take care of your men. Teach them to take care of each other. 'Cause when this starts... each other is all we're gonna have. (Moore goes aside with new radio operator)
Sergeant Major Plumley: Any of you sons-of-bitches calls me "Grandpa"... I'll kill ya.
Sergeant Major Plumley: Seen the new rifles too, the M-16.
Lt. Colonel Moore: That's supposed to be a pretty good weapon.
Sergeant Major Plumley: Ahh, lotsa plastic. Feels like a BB gun to me. Believe I'm gonna stick with my pistol.
Lt. Colonel Moore: Think we're gonna get close enough to the enemy to use that?
Sergeant Major Plumley: What do you think, sir?
Lt. Colonel Moore: I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.
Sergeant Major Plumley: Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground.
[Galloway is on the ground]
Sergeant Major Plumley:
You can't take any pictures from down there, sonny.
[Galloway gets up and is handed a rifle]
Galloway: I'm a non-combatant.
Sergeant Major Plumley: Ain't no such thing today.
A prayer, Moore and his LT.
Lt. Colonel Moore: Our Father in Heaven, before we go into battle, every soldier among us will approach you each in his own way. Our enemies too, according to their own understanding, will ask for protection and for victory. And so, we bow before your infinite wisdom. We offer our prayers as best we can. I pray you watch over the young Jack Geoghegan. That I lead into battle. You use me as your instrument in this awful hell of war to watch over them. Especially if they're men like this one beside me, deserving of a future in your blessing and goodwill. Amen.
2nd Lieutenant Geoghegan: Amen.
Lt. Colonel Moore: Oh, yes, and one more thing, dear Lord, about our enemies, ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to Hell. Amen.