Basil Plumley.

Basil Plumley.

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February 16th, 2011, 5:04 am #1

Hi All,
Those of you who have seen/read We were Soldiers will be familiar with Basil Plumley, the hard as nails looking Sergeant Major that enjoyed going about his business with his .45. As the film explains, Plumley made all 4 combat jumps with the 505th PIR during WWII, and another in Korea but I was wondering if anyone knew more of what particular Battalion or Company Plumley was a part of with the 505th? I'd love to know just so I could get a better understanding of where he fought during the war to a bit more detail than "Normandy".
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February 16th, 2011, 6:18 am #2

He does have a most impressive combat record .......... Four Combat Jumps in the 82nd in WW II and one in Korea !!!!!



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_L._Plumley
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February 16th, 2011, 7:17 am #3

Hi Tom,



Yes he does. This must be a man who really enjoys combat, to go through what he went through in WWII and then want more in Korea and THEN want more in the 'nam! From reading the book, it seems Plumley was very close to the .45 he'd carried during and since WWII. Not the sort of man you'd want to meet as an enemy.



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February 16th, 2011, 11:18 am #4

Adam,
I am close friends with many of the 1st Cav vets who fought in the two battles in the Ia Drang in Vietnam that were featured in "We Were Soldiers." They confirm that Plumley was tough as nails and still is today. There is little public information about his WW II experience and he does not give interviews or speak about it with anyone. Many have tried and have been rebuffed. I know Joe Galloway who co-authored the book and at the request of a WW II historian asked Joe if the historian could get in touch with Plumley. Joe said: "Sure, here's Plumley's phone number, but he doesn't give interviews." The only information I have seen is on pages 479 and 773 of Phil Nordyke's book All American All the Way which refers to him as a corporal during Market Garden. I recall reading somewhere once that he was with the 320th Glider Field Artillery Battalion in Normandy. He also fought in Korea with the 187th Regimental Combat Team - the Rakkasans. I believe CSM Plumley lives in Columbus Georgia outside Fort Benning.
Here's a photo of CSM Plumley with LTGen Hal Moore when Gen Moore was inducted into the Leadership Hall of Fame at West Point two years ago.

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February 17th, 2011, 10:18 am #5

I was lucky enough to meet CSM Plumley one more than one occasion at Fort Benning
over the last 5 years or so. On the first occasion I was doing a WWII display and wearing a
WWII M-1942 jump uniform when two gentlemen came over and said " would you please
follow us" and I said alright. They took me over to some people that were standing by the bleachers
in front of the old Infantry Museum on Post. They introduced me to CSM Plumley and he said
to me " I have not seen a uniform jump jacket and pants like that since WWII" and with that he
grabbed me and gave me a big bear hug.....we talked for a while and he wanted to know my name
and where I was from etc....It was a honor to meet and talk with him.  Mike B.
 P.S. he drives a pick-up truck with big 1st Cav. stickers on the doors.
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February 17th, 2011, 5:24 pm #6

And I thought CSM Plumley was incredible in Ia Drang Valley! That was probably close to his last battle.



What an outstanding warrior!



Mike: It sounds like you have come as close as anyone to getting an "interview".



How many more amazing stories and men do we not know about? The more I learn - the less I know!



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February 18th, 2011, 2:14 am #7

This man could write the most amazing book. It's a shame he hasn't done so and it is a shame that he doesn't do interviews. What that man says go's though, you wouldn't get me argueing with him!



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July 13th, 2011, 5:40 pm #8

Has anyone ever found out what company he was in while in the 505th?
"and they thought we couldn't fight"


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July 13th, 2011, 8:29 pm #9

No one has ever found out which company of the 505th he was in and according to my 1st Cav buddies no one dare ask him. I have a feeling he will take it to the grave with him.
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July 13th, 2011, 9:51 pm #10

Is there a reason why he is so reluctant to let people know what Company he was in, or even Battalion? I already think he's a tough SOB from what I know about his actions in Vietnam and I simply want to know where combat carried him with the 505th beyond knowing Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Holland etc etc. Was he at La Fiere? Was he part of the fight for Sainte Mere Eglise? Did he fight with Gavin at the Biazza Ridge? I'd love to know. He must surely be on a roster somewhere, perhaps the rosters Nordyke used to have on his website?



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