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Basil L. Plumley (January 1, 1920 – October 10, 2012[1]) was a United States Army command sergeant major. He is most famous for his actions as a Sergeant-Major of the US Army's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang (Vietnam, 1965). General Hal Moore praised Plumley as an outstanding NCO and leader in the book "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young"

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We Were Soldiers (2002)

We Were Soldiers - Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war.

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LTC Hal Moore commander 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry .. Onfield Radio during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the La Drang Valley Vietnam (Courtesy Opsgear.com)

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Harold "Hal" Moore Jr. Moore is best known as the lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang, in 1965 during the Vietnam War. He is the author of "We Were Soldiers Once And Young," which was adapted into the 2002 film "We Were Soldiers"

LT. COL. HAL MOORE AFTER THE BATTLE OF LA DRANG Just before we left, we stood looking at each other … and the tears were coming down our cheeks. I told Joe, “I want you to go back to Saigon and tell the American people what great Soldiers these are. Tell them what a great job they did and what a great Army we have

Lz Xray Day 1 | We Were Soldiers Once,,, and Young