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In Memory of

Frank C. Plass

July 21, 1922 - June 12, 2017

Obituary


CMS (Ret) Frank Charles Plass died peacefully at his Daughters family home in West Point Georgia. CSM Plass was 96 years old. He is survived by his wife Julianne of 63 years, Daughter Barbara Powell (Chuck) and three granddaughters.
CSM (Ret) Frank Charles Plass enlisted in the United States Army on 11 OCT 1938 as an Infantryman and served on active duty for 33 distinguished years.
During his career, CSM Plass served as a combat infantryman in three conflicts. During World War II, he was involved in various combat campaigns, including the Aleutian Islands...

CMS (Ret) Frank Charles Plass died peacefully at his Daughters family home in West Point Georgia. CSM Plass was 96 years old. He is survived by his wife Julianne of 63 years, Daughter Barbara Powell (Chuck) and three granddaughters.
CSM (Ret) Frank Charles Plass enlisted in the United States Army on 11 OCT 1938 as an Infantryman and served on active duty for 33 distinguished years.
During his career, CSM 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.
At Fort Benning, GA, CSM Plass served in various leadership positions, to include at the heavy weapons course in 1946, the Infantry School in 1951, as a Battalion Sergeant Major in the 30th Infantry Regiment in 1955, Battalion Sergeant Major in the 7th Infantry Regiment in 1957, Battalion Sergeant major in the 29th Infantry Regiment in 1958, as well as United States Infantry Center Troop Camp Sergeant Major in 1959, and 1st battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment Command Sergeant Major in 1966. CSM Plass' final assignment on active duty was the Command Sergeant Major, 197th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), at Fort Benning. He retired from US Army on 31 July 1971.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge with two stars, the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" device and three OLC, the Purple Heart with 2 OLC, the Air Medal with 2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with four OLC, the Senior Parachutist Badge with star, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, the Mountain School Tab, and the National Infantry Association's Order of St Maurice.
His foreign decorations include the Vietnamese Medal of Honor (1st Class) Vietnamese Cross of gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Civic Action Medal (2nd Class), French Fourragere with Palm, French "Croix de Guerre" with Palm, and Vietnamese Fourragere.
CSM Plass' civilian education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Masters Degree in Counseling Science, and a Masters Degree in Corrections Counseling.
Since his retirement, CSM Plass continued to provide tremendous and active support to the United States Army, our Soldiers, and Families. Always an active member and supporter of the 29th Infantry Regiment, to include participation in promotion/selection boards, retirement ceremonies and other events, he was selected as the Regiment's Honorary CSM in 1986, and has held this post to the present day. Also in 1986, after the creation of 29th Infantry Regiment Association, CSM Plass was elected as the group's President and continues to hold that post today. In this capacity, he personally plans and directs regimental reunions at Fort Benning every other year, maintains the membership rosters, publishes a quarterly newsletter and raises funds to recognize and reward Soldiers and NCOs assigned to the Regiment for their selection as Soldiers and NCOs of the Month, Quarter, and Year.
CSM Plass is also the Commander of American Legion Post 189 and in 2007, was cited by the American Legion Georgia State Commander as the state's top recruiter and is a lifetime member of the both the Association of the US Army and the National Infantry Association. In 1997, his lifetime service to the Army and the Infantry Center was recognized by being selected as that years Doughboy Award recipient.
CSM Plass has continued distinguished service to this Nation, the Army and its Soldiers and Families for nearly 70 years.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00pm, on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the Mill Room of Striffler-Hamby 4071 Macon Road Columbus, GA.
Graveside services will follow in Parkhill Cemetery, with full Military Honors on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, GA 31903, www.nationalinfantrymueseum.org
Online condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com
Arrangements under the direction of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, GA.