Tag Archive: Command Sergeant Major


Korean War POW Finally Gets Medal At 80

 

 

” Gordon L. Petro, a retired U.S. Army command sergeant major, thinks the two years he spent in captivity during the Korean War were a “cakewalk.”

“I spent a couple of years in a POW camp in Korea,” he said. “But it was probably a cakewalk compared to what those poor guys went through in Vietnam.”

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey presented the humble veteran, who served 27 years in the Army, with a Prisoner of War medal on Friday. Petro, who is now 80, retired as a command sergeant major and then pursued a career teaching Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or JROTC, in California. He retired, again, to Brevard County.”

…  ‘We Were Soldiers’ Movie, Dies In Georgia

 

 

 

 

” Basil L. Plumley, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie “We Were Soldiers,” has died at 92 — an age his friends are amazed that he lived to see.

Plumley fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and was awarded a medal for making five parachute jumps into combat. The retired command sergeant major died Wednesday.

Friends said Plumley, who died in hospice care in west Georgia, never told war stories and was known to hang up on people who called to interview him. Still, he was near-legendary in the Army and gained more widespread fame through a 1992 Vietnam War book that was the basis for the 2002 movie starring Mel Gibson. Actor Sam Elliott played Plumley in the film.

Plumley didn’t need a Hollywood portrayal to be revered among soldiers, said Greg Camp, a retired Army colonel and former chief of staff at neighboring Fort Benning who befriended Plumley in his later years.

“He’s iconic in military circles,” Camp said. “Among people who have been in the military, he’s beyond what a movie star would be. … His legend permeates three generations of soldiers.” “