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American Warrior Prepares to Move On


THIS came from Joe Galloway:

CSM (ret) Basil L. Plumley of 1/7 Cavalry in the Ia Drang Nov 1965 has been diagnosed with colon cancer, inoperable and untreatable at age 92, and has been transferred from hospital to Hospice care in Columbus GA.

Plumley was ably portrayed by actor Sam Elliott in the 2003 movie We Were Soldiers.

He made all four combat jumps of the 82nd Airborne during WWII: Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland--plus one combat jump in Korean War with 187th Regimental Combat Team.

Plumley was one of 270 soldiers who earned the Combat Infantry Badge with 2 stars for service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

His wife of 64 years, Miss Deurice, died this spring. The sergeant major said at the time that he would not be long in joining her.

Join me in a small prayer that his final journey is swift and painless.

Joe Galloway
Concord NC

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    Heath · 8 years ago
    My prayers go with his family during this very difficult time.
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    Big D · 8 years ago
    Hands folded in Prayer for this American Soldier. Not for a hero, warrior or "great" American, as the title American Soldier says all those things and other accolades in two words.

    Peace be with you Sir.
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    The Sanity Inspector · 8 years ago
    ...the hero on the rest of his way.
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    Bill Lioio · 8 years ago
    We owe everything we have to men like this. They are priceless. I'm glad that he and his wife had such a long run together.
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    drjim · 8 years ago
    God bless him and keep him.
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    Rurik · 8 years ago
    May Saint George the Victory Bringer, Saint Michael, Saint Dmitrii, and all the other warrior saints escort him on his final PCS. May it finally be a calm and gentle AO.
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    Dale · 8 years ago
    God speed CSM Plumley. A true warrior. I salute you. Our Nation owes you a debt of gratitude it can never repay and is loosing a true hero.
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    Gunny Gail · 8 years ago
    May God Bless and Keep You Warrior.
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    Noman · 8 years ago
    Drop Zone coming up Stand In The Door

    CSM have a good final jump,

    Mr Galloway what was the CSM favorite drink so we can toast the passing of a. Warrior
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    Ian · 8 years ago
    All free countries owe men like the CSM so much, without him and those like him, we would not be free. God Bless all of the old soldiers, for without their selflessness and willingness to bear a terrible burden, we would all be burdened with chains.
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    Lee · 8 years ago
    My prayers for him and his family. My thanks for his serive to his country. God bless him!
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    HungNhon · 8 years ago
    From Saigon SRV
    God bless him!

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