October 11, 2012
Veteran Of Three Wars Dies At 92
Retired Command Sgt. Major Basil L. Plumley died yesterday. In case the name doesn't ring a bell, maybe this will:
Discussing the movie based on his book, "We Were Soldiers Once... And Young," writer and war correspondent Joseph Galloway said of Command Sgt. Major Plumley:
Galloway said several of Elliott’s gruff one-liners in the movie were things Command Sgt. Maj. Plumley actually said, such as in the scene in which a soldier tells the sergeant major good morning and is told: “Who made you the [expletive] weatherman?”
“Sam Elliott underplayed him,” Galloway said. “He was actually tougher than that. He was gruff, monosyllabic, an absolute terror when it came to enforcing standards of training.”
That’s not to say he was mean or inhuman, Galloway said. “This was a man above all else who had a very big, warm heart that he concealed very well.”
Command Sgt Major Plumley, we salute you. RIP.