Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Plumley's visitation, funeral services set

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 12, 2012 

Funeral services for retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, a veteran of three wars, will be Tuesday at the Infantry Center Chapel on Fort Benning’s main post.

Plumley, 92, died Wednesday at Columbus Hospice.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m., followed by interment at the main post cemetery. After burial, a reception will be held at the National Infantry Museum.

Plumley served more than 32 years in the Army, retiring in 1974 with the highest rank available to an enlisted man. He fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

His role in the Vietnam war was brought to life by actor Sam Elliott in the 2002 movie “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” The movie was based on a book by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and war correspondent Joe Galloway.

Plumley was the sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Vietnam Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. He served under Moore in that battle.

Plumley’s family will receive visitors Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road in Columbus.

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