Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, former command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment "Garry Owen," 1st Cavalry Division, died from colon cancer Oct. 10 at 4 a.m. in Columbus, Ga.
Plumley enlisted in the Army March 31, 1942 and retired Dec. 31, 1974. He is a veteran of World War II in Operation Husky, the Battle of Salerno, the Battle of Normandy and Operation Market-Garden.
He is also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Plumley served as the command sergeant major of 1-7 Cav during Vietnam and the Battle of Ia Drang.