Plumley

Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley

FORT HOOD — Fort Hood’s Air Assault School will be renamed Tuesday after a legend in the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry’s history.

The school is being renamed after Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, who is famous for his role in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, battle in 1965 featured in the book “We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam.” The book was later made into the 2002 movie “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson, and Plumley’s role was played by Sam Elliott.

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