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CSM (Ret.) Basil L. Plumley 1920 - 2012
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Sunday, November 10, 2013
SARG, glad my wife and I stopped to see you and the wife at your house in Columbus, Ga. I miss you..
bill and eleanor svoboda, brooklyn ohio
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family of CSM Plumley. A soldier's soldier and and a great man. I wish I could have met him in person. May he rest in peace. KMS, 10th RRU 1st Air Cav Div. Aug 65 - Jul 66
Friday, December 07, 2012
We extend our most profund sympathy to you and family. Ia Drang surivor 1965 1st Cav.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Thank you so very much for your service to this country, may you R.I.P. CSM You will never be forgotten .... My sincere condolences goes out to the Plumley family..
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I was an Honor for me to meet SGM Plumley at the Columbus VA Clinic. I am proud to have been the same service with Plumley. I saw the Movie when it came out and it made me so proud of my military comrades that sacrificed their lives for this Great Country. I was very fortunate to meet both Gen. Moore and SGM Plumley. I work at the VA Hospital in Montgomery, AL and I was in Columbus that day I met him. He was the nicest tough guy that I ever met. My condolences to the entire Plumley family.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My condolences to the Plumley family. My father, Charles E. DeSha served with your father, and he along with your father Loransia Bowen presented the following certificate to General Moore. Looks like they found a little bit of time to have some fun.
http://www.lzxray.com/platoon.htm
I corresponded with General Moore's son who said that out of his many awards, this was one his favorites.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I would like to express my condolences to the family of CSM. Plumley .
People of this generation need to learn more about people like him
He is a true example of what a soldier is and should be, he is also
an example for someone in Emergency Response (Fire dept,EMS,etc)
I feel honored to have worn the same uniform as he. His service to the
U.S. should be a pattern for all to follow.


Respectfully

Franklin Welfl
Sunday, October 21, 2012
A role model for every future soldier, thanks for your service CSM!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Carrie & Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. You can be at peace knowing the full life he lead, how many people's lives he has touched and that fact he is up in heaven with his wife now. He was a true American hero. Our pastor mentioned him during our church service this morning when giving a sermon on what character our leaders should have. Love and prayers for your family~

Amy Gallops
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Debbie,
I am so sorry for your loss. Seeing your daddy's obituary brought back so many childhood memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Margie Kirkland Smith and
Hermi
Salem, Al 36874
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Debbie...Sara and I were grateful that we got to see your father one last time at the hospital on 27 Sept. He thanked me for coming with a smile and such a sincere voice. We missed your mother and appreciated her cards and her sweet smile. Now we're already missing CSM Plumley. Having served with him at Ft.Benning & Vietnam, he will always be my hero! Bill Franklin 3 rd Plt Ldr Co C 1/7 LzXray 1965
Friday, October 19, 2012
SSG William J Johnson B company First of the 7TH Glad to serve in the same outfit with him, none finer
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Rest in Peace and thanks for your service to our nation.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A GREAT SOLDIER AND A GREAT MAN. HE DID HIS TIME HERE ON EARTH AND WHAT A JOB HE DID. MAY GOD CONFORT HIS FAMILY AND EXEPT HIM INTO HEAVEN. THANK YOU SIR FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR THIS COUNTRY. JUST WATCH WE WERE SOLDIERS AND SEE WHY THE ACTOR PORTRAYED HIM DID A GREAT JOB HAS WELL. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU WILL BE MISSED DEARLY.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
From one soldier to another, thanks for taking care of soldiers, their families, and serving our nation. - Son of a 1/7th Cav soldier
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
RIP SERGEANT MAJOR. THE US ARMY OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE WILL MISS YOUR STRAIGHT-AHEAD, DRIVE-ON, MORE SWEAT ON THE TRAINING RANGE/LESS BLOOD ON THE BATTLEFIELD TYPE OF LEADERSHIP. THERE ARE MORE THAN A FEW UP THERE IN HEAVEN WHO NEED YOUR "DROP AND GIVE ME TWENTY" ATTITUDE. STRAIGHTEN 'EM OUT SARGEANT MAJOR PLUMLEY!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
God Bless the entire Plumley Family who certainly blessed ours during our time at Fort Benning.

-The Higdons'
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As a young soldier I served in the 7th Cav.& at Ft. Benning. Sgm Plumley was always a man to emulate & set a steadfast example for all of us to follow.. RIP Sfc Jerry L. Tucker
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thank for the unselfish service your gave so freely...my father served with you during WWII..RIP SFC Flip and CSM...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
RIP Uncle Basil you was truly a true american hero who was loved by all.You will be greatly missed.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
RIP Great Uncle Basil Plumley...We never met but I have heard so many stories about you. You will be greatly missed!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
First, Thank you Sir for your service to our Great Nation and the sacrifices you and your family endured. Praying for the friends and family of this Brave Soldier.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I will mist him .He was a great soldier.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I served with CSM Plumley at Ft.Benning and am Honored to have fought alongside him at LzX-Ray. Rest in peace, soldier. Bill Beck (Camp Hill,PA)
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sorry to learn the passing of CSM Plumley. He was a great soldier, leader and family man.
The NCO ranks have lost an outstanding Soldier. We will always keep him in our Prayers.

SGM R.L. Brown, Jr.and Family
Monday, October 15, 2012
He truly resides today in the mansions of the Lords. with deepest respect. Tony Cato gainesville ga. vietnam 1969-1970.
Monday, October 15, 2012
I was very sad to hear about the death of CSM Plumley. Another great soldier has joined the ranks of those gone before him. I can almost hear the shouts of "Gary Owen,Sir". My late husband, PSG Glenn A. Kennedy served in C Company 1/7 Cav.
Elizabeth Starrenburg (Martinez, GA)
Monday, October 15, 2012
It is my misfortune that I never met the Sergeant Major. But it is our nations fortune that he was there and others like him. Rest Sergeant Major,heaven knows that you have earned it and your country thanks you.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Rest in Peace Sergeant Major, your job is done. You leave behind many generations of well trained and disciplined Soldiers and will be an inspiration for many generations yet to serve.
COL (Ret) Randy Cochran
Monday, October 15, 2012
I was a medic attached to Bravo Company 1/7th '65-'66 My memory of CSM Plumley was a real soldier and man you could truly respect. My deepest sympathy and may memories of CSM Plumley in your future be ones that bring great comfort.

Scripture states that "The memory of the just is blessed:"
Monday, October 15, 2012
To the family of Basil L Plumley may the Lord bless you and keep you safe during this trying time. Perhaps someday under better circumstances I will be able to meet you all. Basil's 1st cousin 3x removed
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Have one for me at Fiddler's Green . God rest your soul.

Ltc(Ret) John D. Schrimpf
'C',I/7 67--68.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
I commanded C Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st FA Regt. at LZ Falcon during the battle at LZ Xray. On behalf of the officers and men of my battery, we send condolences to the family of CSM Plumley. He was an exceptional soldier and leader. We know that a host of soldier angels came down from heaven and escorted him into the presence of our Lord and Savior. Robert L. Barker, LTC, USA (Ret)
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Thank you for your sacrifice. That can never be repaid. May you rest in peace and your family enjoy your memories you helped create! I am grateful for what you have done for our country thank you!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
To the family of CSM Plumley, my condolences we have lost a real Icon and your sacrifices will never go unforgotten.

Jim Richards
Logan, WV
Sunday, October 14, 2012
You will be missed and loved very much from Clayton Plumley and Famil
Saturday, October 13, 2012
R.I.P. CSM, On FIDDLER GREEN GARRY OWEN HOOAH! A Top Backbone Of The Army A NCO Of NCO'S. Setting the example for all NCO'S to follow in the past, present and future.It was great to know of you in the trail you blazed; you'll be missed, thanks FOREVER FORWARD SLEDGEHAMMER OUT. May GOD comfort your family in you leaving. Shalom
Saturday, October 13, 2012
To The Family:
There are no words that can truly ease or take away the pain you all are feeling. Just know that you have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad & Grandfather. May you all find comfort and peace in the wonderful memories of him. The Sergeant Major was a "Real Hero." His Courage and Leadership in the IA Drang Valley Battle, will always be remembered by his 1/7, 1ST CAV Troopers. And other soldiers who had the Honor of serving with him and being under his Command. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. R.I.P. CSM Plumley.
Tuesday as we gather, to Honor and Celebrate His Life; just know that he is in Heaven, rejoicing with the Lord, his Lovely Deurice by his side and his Fallen Troopers from the IA Drang valley Battle will be there to welcome him.
My wife and I pray that God will be by your side and that he will comfort you all, and give you the strength to face and manage the days ahead. (One step at a time).
God Bless You All.
Ret/E-7 John Rangel Jr.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
God Speed CSM Plumley as you travel to your neew assignment. He will be missed by his family and many from the military retired group.
JS [Jim] Brigham - 1st Lt 2nd Bn 7th Cav 65.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Sgt Major Plumley, words cannot express or say all the love, honor, and Thanks that I had, have, and will always have for you and all you did for us at LZ X-Ray. You were "The Man" among men.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
As the Company CO of "A" Company during the battles at LZ XRay and other battlefields, I honor his achievements, revere his memory, and wish his remaining family the best. He is in good hands.

Tony Nadal
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Sgt. Mjr., It was an honor to fight beside you in Bong Son. Your constant attention to details kept many of us alive, myself included. I'll catch up with you at Fiddler's Green.

Garry Owen, Sir. And, Thanks!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
No finer infantryman ... He stood tall and led by example. GOD BLESS
Saturday, October 13, 2012
"To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light"

"GarryOwen" SIR!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
CSM Plumley, you were an inspiration to the rest of us. Now please, Rest in Peace.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I did not know Command Sergeant Major Plumley. In fact, whenever I heard his name, I immediately pictured Sam Elliott, who played the role of Plumley in the movie,
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I was privileged to serve with CSM Plumley in VN as a "Plank Owner" of the 1/7 Cav when we arrived as a division in VN. CSM Plumley confused me initially with me being a 2LT. Whenever we passed in Base Camp, he would greet me with a salute stating, "good morning, SAR". I chalked it up to his West Virginia accent but really knew better. I think he reserved the word, "Sir" to 05s and above. I really was never certain who was saluting who, me or CSM Plumley. He was indeed the very best Senior NCO I ever knew or had contact with. I was on an operation once with my Recon Platoon and after returning was approached by CSM Plumley to say he had taken the liberty of joining the 1st CAV Assn. on my behalf, knowing I would want to join, and that would be $15.00.He probably had an Officer quota of 100% joining from (then) LTC Moore and got me as the pro he was. I have lots of stories about SGM Plumley, but my best is when he finally addressed me by at least my VN rank. Thanks for the memories, TOP. I'm glad you are now with your beloved Deurice. Maj (ret, USAR) Dennis Deal
Saturday, October 13, 2012
RIP SgtMaj, one of our nations true HERO's.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
God Bless you and your family Sir.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
RIP Great Warrior, your Tour of Duty on Earth has ended. Now you can Guard the gates of Heaven.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The "FIRST TEAM" has lost a very brave and a man above all others..Rest In Peace SGT. MAJ PLUMLEY
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Thank your great service to the Army and nation.You were the best.

Jesse Campos Anacoco, Louisiana
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Mr. Plumley was great hero and a great person to talk to as he had so many great stories. He will be missed. God Bless his family as they remember a great soldier and American.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED MANY, MANY MORE LIKE YOU. REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
CSM Plumley will be missed by many. His courage and leadership have inspired generations of soldiers and will live on for many years. Our nation has been blessed by his service.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Friday, October 12, 2012
I was very saddend to hear of the passing of one of my heroes,I have always admired CSM Plumley for his acomplishments, and thank him with all my heart for his great service to this country, It would have been a life changing honor to meet him, and shake his hand, and tell him Thank you in person,and it is an HONOR to sign this guestbook,Rest in peace Sir, You have earned it
Friday, October 12, 2012
Garry Owen. One Cavalry soldier to another.
-Scouts Out!
Friday, October 12, 2012
I had the honor and pleasure of talking with the Sergeant Major and Miss Deurice at many 7th Cavalry Association luncheons. He was a treasure not only to his family but to the Army and our Nation. Not only did he Live The Legend, he forged it with his leadership. GarryOwen Sergeant Major. Bob Anderson, Secretary/Treasurer, 7th United States Cavalry Association.
Friday, October 12, 2012
CSM Plumley was the SGM of The School Brigade ---- at my first job at Ft Benning. He was a military gentleman in every respect, loved his family and his country. He remained a friend for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Friday, October 12, 2012
R.I.P. CSM Plumley. Your sacrificies can never be repaid. With greatest respect...........
Friday, October 12, 2012
I commanded C Co 2d Bn 23rd Inf/1st Bn 7th Cav from April 1964 to Nov 1965. CSM Basil Plumley was the battalion CSM for the entire period. I cannot begin to tell you how fortunate I feel to have known and served with this wonderful soldier. He will forever be in my memory.

Col (Ret) Bob Edwards
Friday, October 12, 2012
"On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation!" - Thomas William Parsons
Friday, October 12, 2012
To the family of CSM Plumley and our Nation,
Sgt. Major has gone to be with Deurice and our Lord. He served our country with exceptional distinction to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution", including after retiring from the Army, serving at the Veterans hospital. God has blessed humanity with his dedication and service.
As before, I am certain I will think of him every Veterans Day and in-between, whether I am at "The Wall" or not.

God bless you all,
"Skip", frmr Sgt.,USAF,12TFW, Vn 66-67
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