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2012-10-12 01:53:53 AM  
He was a good one, back when officers and senior NCOs actually fought with the troops. They don't make them like that anymore. Have a good rest Sergeant Major.
 
2012-10-12 02:06:23 AM  
I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."
 
2012-10-12 02:10:10 AM  
You think he could beat Jesus in a fight?
 
2012-10-12 02:17:27 AM  
Any of ya som'biatches call me grandpa; I'll kill ya.
 
2012-10-12 02:21:00 AM  
I love the picture of Plumly and Sam Elliot. Plumly is obviously excited to be shaking hands with a celebrity, and Elliot is obviously excited to be shaking hands with a hero.
 
2012-10-12 02:21:59 AM  
*Salutes*

BLEMDAR: You think he could beat Jesus in a fight?


We can only hope.
 
2012-10-12 02:37:53 AM  
content9.flixster.com


Any of you sons-of-biatches calls me "Grandpa"... I'll kill ya.
 
2012-10-12 02:44:16 AM  
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore: I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.
Sergeant Major Basil Plumley: Sir, if the time comes I need one, there'll be plenty lying on the ground.

/CSM's aren't what they used to be.
 
2012-10-12 02:55:51 AM  
He was also one of the few men to ever see Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller after he came back from the Inchon landing, where Puller executed a retreat that did more damage than the initial landing should have; he saved almost 500 stranded Army troops from certain death, and gave the famous declaration when a soldier asked him if they were retreating; "Retreat?! Hell! We just got here, we're just fighting in a different direction!" and proceeded to pull every piece of artillery and machine gun from the landing site to extraction point.

He was shredded by shrapnel from an artillery blast and gave (another) one of the most famous lines in International military history: "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." - after which the Marines and the combined might of the army streaked toward the amphibious point; after reaching the end, he noticed that some of the soldiers were so badly wounded they couldn't fight due to fatigue and blood loss. Knowing that they would go into shock if their adrenaline ran out, he threw an injured soldier against a bulwark and shouted at him and the rest of the combined force; "Com'on ya Sonsabiatches, you wanna live forever?!" and goaded them into returning fire.

When they returned to port, complete with almost 90% of the remaining munitions left by the Army in their botched invasion attempt, Plumley addressed Puller and told him, "You know that you just pulled off the single most goddamned daring maneuver in American History?"

Puller looked at him, grinned and replied, while getting his face stitched up WITHOUT ANESTHETIC: "Come on, know, Basey. You'd'a done the same for us stupid jarheads!"

Plumley was the first CO to sign off on papers, and write them, that Puller should become the first Marine to be granted access, and privilege of the Silver Star of the U.S. Army, and that "If the Navy does not award him the Flying Cross, though he deserves the Medal [of Honor], I will go to Quantico with artillery and remind them they possess the greatest military mind of the modern age."

Puller, the Marines swear it and the Army won't admit to it, was the singular reason that Plumley was granted CSM rank - the paperwork with the famous claim, "Give it or I make him a [farking] Gunner in the Corps and level the damned Pentagon with his accuracy" has been lost since the late '70s. Supposedly, Schwartzkopf stole it to make sure it never fell into the wrong hands.
 
2012-10-12 03:05:46 AM  
What are you a farking weatherman now?
 
2012-10-12 03:55:19 AM  
From a cut scene, but still really funny.

" I'd been in about 6 months when they assigned me this Heavy Weapons unit. And the Platoon Sgt is the nastiest looking mother ... I ever saw. All scarred up , one bad bastard.

We had this green Lieutenant, fresh out of university ... ROTC. He orders us to go back one day and pin on our ribbons. Whatever we've been awarded, so he can see what kind've men he's got.

We go back, put on our stuff, and reassemble. But the Sgt - he didn't put his ribbons on. So the Lieutenant chews him out in front of the whole unit... asks him to go back and pin on his dress shirt.".

(cuts to Lieutenant's voice) "You return to the barracks immediately and pin every award on your chest. Do you understand me Sgt!"

" About 10 minutes, Sgt comes back.

Not one medal of honor around his neck, but two. Besides that .. naked as a Jaybird.".

(other Soldier) "It was Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Nah it was Sgt Mcdoon (sp?) "

(other soldier again) " Well, what the hell's that story got to do with Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Cause Plumley, is Mcdoon's boss. And Mcdoon .. he was scared shiatless of Plumley."
 
2012-10-12 03:59:44 AM  
Good to see some recognition for the CSM. Fair Skies Paratrooper.

And a preemptive FU to the inevitable fark trolls that show up to call soldiers names.
 
2012-10-12 04:02:40 AM  

Jedekai: He was also one of the few men to ever see Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller after he came back from the Inchon landing, where Puller executed a retreat that did more damage than the initial landing should have; he saved almost 500 stranded Army troops from certain death, and gave the famous declaration when a soldier asked him if they were retreating; "Retreat?! Hell! We just got here, we're just fighting in a different direction!" and proceeded to pull every piece of artillery and machine gun from the landing site to extraction point.

He was shredded by shrapnel from an artillery blast and gave (another) one of the most famous lines in International military history: "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." - after which the Marines and the combined might of the army streaked toward the amphibious point; after reaching the end, he noticed that some of the soldiers were so badly wounded they couldn't fight due to fatigue and blood loss. Knowing that they would go into shock if their adrenaline ran out, he threw an injured soldier against a bulwark and shouted at him and the rest of the combined force; "Com'on ya Sonsabiatches, you wanna live forever?!" and goaded them into returning fire.

When they returned to port, complete with almost 90% of the remaining munitions left by the Army in their botched invasion attempt, Plumley addressed Puller and told him, "You know that you just pulled off the single most goddamned daring maneuver in American History?"

Puller looked at him, grinned and replied, while getting his face stitched up WITHOUT ANESTHETIC: "Come on, know, Basey. You'd'a done the same for us stupid jarheads!"

Plumley was the first CO to sign off on papers, and write them, that Puller should become the first Marine to be granted access, and privilege of the Silver Star of the U.S. Army, and that "If the Navy does not award him the Flying Cross, though he deserves the Medal [of Honor] ...


I've read some wank in my time here, but that is right up there with the best of it.
 
2012-10-12 04:03:24 AM  
Plumely vs Jesus SEQUEL: Plumley vs Joe Bidden......TBA.
 
2012-10-12 04:06:48 AM  
Garry Owen.
 
2012-10-12 04:35:30 AM  

Jedekai: He was also one of the few men to ever see Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller after he came back from the Inchon landing, where Puller executed a retreat that did more damage than the initial landing should have; he saved almost 500 stranded Army troops from certain death, and gave the famous declaration when a soldier asked him if they were retreating; "Retreat?! Hell! We just got here, we're just fighting in a different direction!" and proceeded to pull every piece of artillery and machine gun from the landing site to extraction point.

He was shredded by shrapnel from an artillery blast and gave (another) one of the most famous lines in International military history: "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." - after which the Marines and the combined might of the army streaked toward the amphibious point; after reaching the end, he noticed that some of the soldiers were so badly wounded they couldn't fight due to fatigue and blood loss. Knowing that they would go into shock if their adrenaline ran out, he threw an injured soldier against a bulwark and shouted at him and the rest of the combined force; "Com'on ya Sonsabiatches, you wanna live forever?!" and goaded them into returning fire.

When they returned to port, complete with almost 90% of the remaining munitions left by the Army in their botched invasion attempt, Plumley addressed Puller and told him, "You know that you just pulled off the single most goddamned daring maneuver in American History?"

Puller looked at him, grinned and replied, while getting his face stitched up WITHOUT ANESTHETIC: "Come on, know, Basey. You'd'a done the same for us stupid jarheads!"

Plumley was the first CO to sign off on papers, and write them, that Puller should become the first Marine to be granted access, and privilege of the Silver Star of the U.S. Army, and that "If the Navy does not award him the Flying Cross, though he deserves the Medal [of Honor] ...


Chesty Puller did not say, "Retreat, hell, we just got here....". That quote was from a 5th Regiment Marine...in WWI just before the battle of Chateau-Thierry.

/former Marine, here. History gets beaten into us!
 
2012-10-12 05:20:33 AM  
I've read some wank in my time here, but that is right up there with the best of it.

Chesty Puller did not say, "Retreat, hell, we just got here....". That quote was from a 5th Regiment Marine...in WWI just before the battle of Chateau-Thierry.


Glad I'm not the only one who thought it was bunk. The idea of Plumley, as a sergeant, being a "CO" that recommended Puller for a citation didn't seem right.
 
2012-10-12 05:24:47 AM  
From a cut scene, but still really funny.

" I'd been in about 6 months when they assigned me this Heavy Weapons unit. And the Platoon Sgt is the nastiest looking mother ... I ever saw. All scarred up , one bad bastard.

We had this green Lieutenant, fresh out of university ... ROTC. He orders us to go back one day and pin on our ribbons. Whatever we've been awarded, so he can see what kind've men he's got.

We go back, put on our stuff, and reassemble. But the Sgt - he didn't put his ribbons on. So the Lieutenant chews him out in front of the whole unit... asks him to go back and pin on his dress shirt.".

(cuts to Lieutenant's voice) "You return to the barracks immediately and pin every award on your chest. Do you understand me Sgt!"

" About 10 minutes, Sgt comes back.

Not one medal of honor around his neck, but two. Besides that .. naked as a Jaybird.".

(other Soldier) "It was Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Nah it was Sgt Mcdoon (sp?) "

(other soldier again) " Well, what the hell's that story got to do with Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Cause Plumley, is Mcdoon's boss. And Mcdoon .. he was scared shiatless of Plumley."



Good thing they cut it. The last person to be awarded 2 Medals of Honor was in WW1.
 
2012-10-12 05:50:48 AM  

fragMasterFlash: I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."


People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.
 
2012-10-12 05:53:07 AM  
www.wearysloth.com
RIP, Basil Fawlty
 
2012-10-12 06:00:42 AM  

DrPainMD: fragMasterFlash: I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."

People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.


Oh good try, you'll get a bite or two, but far to obvious for the seasoned farker to nibble at.
 
2012-10-12 06:34:15 AM  
Any books on this man?
 
2012-10-12 07:05:27 AM  
I'm sure there was a slight clanging sound every time this guy walked by.
 
2012-10-12 07:08:15 AM  
Market Garden? Came for "A Bridge Too Far" references,, sad.
 
2012-10-12 08:16:07 AM  

juvandy:

Good thing they cut it. The last person to be awarded 2 Medals of Honor was in WW1.


Yep.
 
2012-10-12 08:24:37 AM  
FTA:

"It was up in the hospitality room, and everybody's had a few pops. All of a sudden, Sgt. Maj. Plumley arrives, steps in the door," Galloway said. "And I saw guys who had served a two-year draftee tour in the Army and had been out for 25 or 30 years, turn white, backs against the wall. As the sergeant major made his way into the room, they made their way along the wall and out the door. They were afraid he still had their name and number."

That's a bad ass for all time.

RIP
 
2012-10-12 08:59:05 AM  

DrPainMD: People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.


1/10: Far too predictable and hackneyed to be effective as a troll.
 
2012-10-12 09:44:25 AM  
Garry Owen, Sergeant Major

Rest in Peace
 
2012-10-12 09:47:07 AM  

DontBeThatGuy: Garry Owen


I can play that on the tin whistle.
 
2012-10-12 10:07:58 AM  

juvandy: I've read some wank in my time here, but that is right up there with the best of it.

Chesty Puller did not say, "Retreat, hell, we just got here....". That quote was from a 5th Regiment Marine...in WWI just before the battle of Chateau-Thierry.

Glad I'm not the only one who thought it was bunk. The idea of Plumley, as a sergeant, being a "CO" that recommended Puller for a citation didn't seem right.


And the silver star thing. Considering my great uncle was a Marine and he had one.
 
2012-10-12 10:09:51 AM  

DrPainMD: fragMasterFlash: I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."

People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.


Trolls like you just go straight to Hell.

As for Plumley, the Devil would never want him, he'd just take charge. He also didn't go through the Pearly Gates, he was dropped in behind them and flanked St. Peter.

Word is that Plumley's airborne wings were pinned to his chest and he was buried in the leaning rest. His mom having previously passed years ago was not informed by the US Army of his death, but was briefed personally by the Archangel Gabriel.
 
2012-10-12 10:27:34 AM  
Is this the CSM from "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young" that had the line "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves." as their position was about to be over run in the Ia Drang valley?
 
2012-10-12 10:34:22 AM  
Here's a great website concerning Ia Drang Link

Be sure and take the time to read about Rick Rescorla when you get the chance
 
2012-10-12 10:39:28 AM  

Le Bomb Suprize: Is this the CSM from "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young" that had the line "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves." as their position was about to be over run in the Ia Drang valley?


Yup.
 
2012-10-12 11:09:43 AM  
Plumley is with Major Dick Winters and Puller right now.... God knows what kind of party these three badasses are.
 
2012-10-12 11:14:04 AM  
Halfway down the trail to Hell
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead Troopers camped
Near a good old-time canteen,
And this eternal resting place is
know as Fiddlers' Green

Marching past straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green

Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene,
No Trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green

And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a sabre keen,
Or on roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean.
And the hostiles come to get your scalp
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers' Green.


Rest well CSM

GARRY OWEN
 
2012-10-12 11:54:03 AM  

DrPainMD: fragMasterFlash: I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."

People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.


So are trolls. See you in hell, Doc.
 
2012-10-12 12:37:45 PM  

DrPainMD: fragMasterFlash: I hope he tells St. Peter "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum ."

People who participate in wars of aggression don't get past St. Peter... they're turned away at the gate.


King David would like a word, troll.
 
2012-10-12 01:41:10 PM  
My father was not as bold as the sergeant major.


/jet!
 
2012-10-12 02:17:51 PM  

Spade: juvandy: I've read some wank in my time here, but that is right up there with the best of it.

Chesty Puller did not say, "Retreat, hell, we just got here....". That quote was from a 5th Regiment Marine...in WWI just before the battle of Chateau-Thierry.

Glad I'm not the only one who thought it was bunk. The idea of Plumley, as a sergeant, being a "CO" that recommended Puller for a citation didn't seem right.

And the silver star thing. Considering my great uncle was a Marine and he had one.


"Retreat hell! We just got here!" - Marine Captain Lloyd Williams WWI

"Come on you sons of biatches! You wanna live forever!" Marine Sgt. Major Dan Daly Battle of Belleau Wood

We had tons of Marine history jammed into our skulls at MCRD San Diego

/Yeah, I'm a Hollywood Marine
 
2012-10-12 03:25:35 PM  

Deathfrogg: juvandy:

Good thing they cut it. The last person to be awarded 2 Medals of Honor was in WW1.

Yep.


Nope, 1914 and 1917 events were before US combat action in Europe.

Major General Smedley Butler

Awarded two congressional medals of honor:

capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914
capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917
 
2012-10-12 03:41:46 PM  
 
2012-10-12 04:56:56 PM  
Rest easy CSM.
SSgt NetRngr
75th Ranger Reg.
 
2012-10-12 05:16:56 PM  

juvandy: From a cut scene, but still really funny.

" I'd been in about 6 months when they assigned me this Heavy Weapons unit. And the Platoon Sgt is the nastiest looking mother ... I ever saw. All scarred up , one bad bastard.

We had this green Lieutenant, fresh out of university ... ROTC. He orders us to go back one day and pin on our ribbons. Whatever we've been awarded, so he can see what kind've men he's got.

We go back, put on our stuff, and reassemble. But the Sgt - he didn't put his ribbons on. So the Lieutenant chews him out in front of the whole unit... asks him to go back and pin on his dress shirt.".

(cuts to Lieutenant's voice) "You return to the barracks immediately and pin every award on your chest. Do you understand me Sgt!"

" About 10 minutes, Sgt comes back.

Not one medal of honor around his neck, but two. Besides that .. naked as a Jaybird.".

(other Soldier) "It was Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Nah it was Sgt Mcdoon (sp?) "

(other soldier again) " Well, what the hell's that story got to do with Plumley?"

(orig teller) " Cause Plumley, is Mcdoon's boss. And Mcdoon .. he was scared shiatless of Plumley."


Good thing they cut it. The last person to be awarded 2 Medals of Honor was in WW1.


Yeah, I knew it was bullshait, but it was damned funny.

And the Chesty Puller story was pure bunk.
 
2012-10-13 09:21:14 AM  
lokis_mentor: Thanks for posting that.....there's definitely a place for him at the Green, even though he was really a grunt. He's on my list of folks to look up when I get there.

BoarHawg
19D
 
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