CSM Basil Plumley, “Old Iron Jaw”, Loses Battle With Cancer At 92


It is with a heavy heart that we report that CSM Basil Plumley passed away at 0400hrs this morning, 10 OCT 2012, after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer and moved to a Hospice a little over a week ago. CSM Plumley lost his first battle on this day, but i am sure he is now whipping Heaven in to shape, as his Soldiers meet him at the gates in formation.

CSM Plumley was the epitome of a Soldier and a Warrior. RIP CSM, you have done your time in Hell, now it is time for you to rest. Thanks to you for all you have done for this country and our freedom. Words can never express the gratitude we have for you and the selfless service you have given to this great country.


The soldier stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass; He hoped his shoes were shining bright, Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t; Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough; I’ve had to break your rules my Lord, Because the world is awfully tough.

But, I never took a thing That wasn’t mine to keep; Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear; And sometimes … God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place Among the people here; They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand; I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints often trod; As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, soldier, You’ve borne your burdens well; Come walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in HELL!”

Please see our other post on CSM Plumley for a complete history of his achievements. CSM Plumley Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer And Moved To Hospice.


These are the funeral arrangements for CSM Plumley, thanks to Mr. Galloway for the info.

Monday October 15:
10am to 8pm Visitation at Striffler Hamby Funeral Home on Macon Road, Columbus GA.
Tuesday October 16:
1pm funeral services at Old Post Chapel on Fort Benning.

NBC News Anchor Brian Williams did an awesome tribute to CSM Plumley.

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