Air Assault

Past and present leaders of 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division joined Debra Funkhouser, daughter of the late retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, at the renaming of the Fort Hood Air Assault School after Plumley on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Plumley was the command sergeant major of the unit during the battle at Ia Drang in 1965, which was the first major battle involving the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The battle had a book written about it which was later made into the movie "We Were Soldiers," in which Plumley was portrayed by actor Sam Elliott.

FORT HOOD — The Fort Hood Air Assault School was officially renamed the Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley Air Assault School on Tuesday during a ceremony attended by the late soldier’s daughter.

The more than 50 attendees included current and former members of 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, “Garryowen,” 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. One of the former members, Joe Pena, served under Plumley in Vietnam during a battle which would make Plumley an Army icon.

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