By Nate Snook, MCoE PAO /
(FORT BENNING, Ga.) Friends, family, and Soldiers representing a grateful nation gathered to pay final respects to Command Sgt. Maj. Charles C. Plass Friday at Striffler-Hamby Funeral Home in Columbus, Georgia.
A legend of the 29th Infantry Regiment, Plass enlisted in 1938 and retired from active duty in 1971. During his career, Plass served as a combat infantryman in three conflicts. During World War II, he was involved in various combat campaigns, including the Aleutian Islands campaign in August 1942 against the Japanese, and in Southern France, the Huertgen Forrest and the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany. He later served in Korea and Vietnam. CSM Plass was wounded three times, in Southern France in 1944, Czechoslovakia in 1945 and Korea in 1950.
Plass continued to serve the 29th Infantry Regiment after his retirement and in 1986, he established and served as the first president of the 29th Infantry Regiment Association. He was also named the Regiment’s honorary Command Sergeant Major.
“He had a scholarship fund, said retired Lt. Col Tom Carlisle, 29th Infantry Regiment Association. “He took care of the Soldiers and he took care of all the junior enlisted Soldiers at Fort Benning. Plass was the living embodiment of taking care of people.”
In 2014, the 316th Cavalry Brigade headquarters was named Plass Hall in honor of his lifelong service. In 2015, he was inducted into the Order of Saint George.
“One of Sergeant Major’s most proud days was the dedication of Plass Hall,” said retired Gen. Carter Ham, former 29th Infantry Regiment commander. “You could see in him the pride, remembering how he was going to be remembered by this Army.”