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10-10-2012, 01:14 PM
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It is with a heavy heart that we report that CSM Basil Plumley passed away at 0400hrs this morning, 10 OCT 2012, after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer and moved to a Hospice a little over a week ago. CSM Plumley lost his first battle on this day, but i am sure he is now whipping Heavan in to shape, as his Soldiers meet him at the gates in formation.

CSM Plumley was the epitome of a Soldier and a Warrior. RIP CSM, you have done your time in Hell, now it is time for you to rest. Thanks to you for all you have done for this country and our freedom. Words can never express the gratitude we have for you and the selfless service you have given to this great country.


Joe Galloway on CSM Plumley:

About then I felt a thump in my ribs and carefully turned my head to see what it was. What it was was a size 12 combat boot on the foot of Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, a bear of a man who hailed from West Virginia. He was a veteran's veteran. Had fought in World War II where he made all four combat parachute jumps of the 82nd Airborne Division---Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Remagen, the Bridge Too Far. One combat jump in Korea with the 187th Regimental Combat Team. He was now working on his third war, his third award of the Combat Infantryman's Badge---an honor the Army accorded to no more than 270 individuals in total. A very impressive dude, he was and is. The sergeant major bent at the waist and shouted over the incredible din of battle----"You can't take no pictures laying down there on the ground, Sonny." I thought to myself he's right. I also thought fleetingly that we might all die here in this place---and if I am going to die I would just as soon take mine standing up beside a man like this. Like a fool, I got up. I followed the sergeant major over to the makeshift aid station where Doc Carrera and Sgt. Tommie Keeton were tending the wounded. Plumley hollered at them: Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves! As he pulled out his .45 pistol and jacked a round into the chamber.

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10-10-2012, 01:17 PM
That reads more like a qoute from Galloway, not Moore.

10-10-2012, 01:20 PM
That reads more like a qoute from Galloway, not Moore.


10-10-2012, 05:06 PM

What is the excerpt from?

10-10-2012, 05:11 PM
I just read up on the Man on Wikipedia, boy he has an impressive fruit salad. (I hope thats the correct term for his medals)

10-11-2012, 03:52 AM
What is the excerpt from?


10-11-2012, 07:40 PM
Submitted by: mattoxnicole
Author: Sgt Joshua Helterbran
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his soldiers and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

10-11-2012, 08:01 PM
Made the national news tonight on NBC with Brian Williams.

RIP CSM Plumley

10-11-2012, 08:09 PM
A great Soldier and NCO. RIP.