Funeral services set for retired CSM Basil Plumley


FORT BENNING, Ga. — The family of retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley will be receiving visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary at 4071 Macon Road in Columbus, Ga.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Infantry Center Chapel on Main Post, followed by interment at the Main Post Cemetery.  A reception will follow in the Grand Hall at the National Infantry Museum.

Plumley, 92, passed away Oct. 10.  A veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  He made five combat parachute jumps.  He is well known for his actions as sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Vietnam Battle of Ia Drang in 1965.

He retired as a command sergeant major on Dec. 31, 1974. After his retirement, he worked 15 years for the Army at Martin Army Community Hospital as a civilian and retired again in 1990.

 The battle at Ia Drang became the basis for a book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway and a movie, “We Were Soldiers.”  Known affectionately by his Soldiers as “Old Iron Jaw,” his character in the movie was played by Sam Elliott.


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