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Never Underestimate This Sergeant Major  (Original Article)
(and the lies Plumley told during his career should be the real title)

By Lt Gen Bolger (Ret)

I tried to contact Bolger by email at North Carolina State University when he was a visiting Professor there.  Neither Bolger nor the History department at NC State responded to repeated requests for comment on his article.  NC State in fact has removed Bolger from their website.

When contacting the Army Magazine itself they have stated they are too busy to correct the poorly written Outpost article.  The Army Magazine said they would forward my email ahead to Bolger and still no response.  It brings into question all of the Outpost articles. 

Using the Army’s own documentation it undermines the Army Magazine itself.  Highlighted in red are the quotes from the Outpost Article from November of 2015 by Bolger.  Below each one is the actual documentation showing that none of the highlighted portions are true.

Plumley just knew his country was at war and he want to do his part

Did not enlist, Plumley was drafted

(File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64)

This was how Plumley went to war. He fought in all the major airborne operations: Sicily, Salerno, Normandy and Holland.

320th and 325th did not fight in Sicily

(RG 407 RECORDS OF THE ADJUTANT GNERAL’S OFFICE)

WWII OPERATIONS REPORTS, 1940-48

82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION

382-FA(320)-0.1 TO 382-FA(320)-0.3

BOX – 10457   Entry 427     HMFY 2007

At some point, Plumley reclassified as infantry and earned the first of three Combat Infantryman Badges

Plumley was Artillery from day one 1942 to 1945.  Only has one Combat Infantryman’s Badge (from Vietnam) not three.

(RECORD OF CURRENT SERVICE SHOWING ARTILLERY NOT INFANTRY)

(MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD FROM HRC/ADB)

In his second war in five years, now-Sgt. Plumley gained his second Combat Infantryman Badge jumping into Munsan, Korea, with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in 1951. He also fought at Pork Chop Hill in 1953, where he met a captain named Harold G. “Hal” Moore. Wounded four times in two wars, Plumley had done his share and then some

Never fought in Korea, was stateside at Ft. Campbell.  Did not go to Korea until 1972 and Plumley was wounded two time in his entire career.

(MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD FROM HRC/ADB)

But when now-Lt. Col. Moore asked Plumley to serve as the battalion sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, there was no hesitation.

Moore could not have asked for Plumley as he had never met him before.  Plumley was not in the Korean War.

(MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD FROM HRC/ADB)

Plumley earned a Silver Star (his second)

One Silver Start Medal, filed a forged document to appear to have a second one

(MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD FROM HRC/ADB)

Hang up on inquisitive journalists and historians

Plumley was easy to locate and spoke for 7 minutes about his time in Service. 

The question is where did Bolger get his information from and why didn’t the Army Magazine fact checkers catch this? 

The complete Plumley article with extensive documentation is here;

http://www.airborneinnormandy.com/plumley_last.htm

 

Brian Siddall

February 10, 2016

 


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