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Csm Plumley passed away this morning at 0400
at a hopsice where he was placed earlier in the
Cant seem to get the link
scroll down to where it mentions CSM Basil Plumley dies from cancer
May he rest easy, as his watch is over.
Poem: "Fiddler's Green"
Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And go to Fiddlers' Green.
The origin and author of "Fiddler's Green" is unknown. It was believed to have originated in the 1800's and was composed as a song sung by the soldiers of the 6th and 7th Cavalry. Its first known appearance in published form was in a 1923 Cavalry Journal.
Note: Since the return of American forces from Vietnam, an additional line has been added to the poem. Just prior to the end, the line "And put your pistol to your head," has been added. Perhaps this is in tribute to veterans who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome; I don't know. Therefore, the poem appears in its original form except for the annotation: Note.
Fiddler's Green (http://lewis184.home.mchsi.com/fiddlers_green.htm#AA)
"Fiddler's Green" was the name for the informal, downstairs bar at the O-Club at Fort Sill OK, originally a cavalry outpost of the 10th US Cavalry Regiment ("Buffalo Soldiers") when the West was being settled. The poem was posted at the head of the stairs leading down into the bar.
RIP, CSM Plumley, WW2 - VietNam, 5 combat airborne jumps. He had to clank when he walked.
Well, HELL. Godspeed Sergeant Major.
He has 2 silver stars, 2 bronze stars and 4 purple hearts. he's been played by Sam Elliott in a movie and he lived to be 92. You can't ask for much more than that.
R.I.P. CSM Plumley . Thank you for your service Trooper.
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