Charles M. Plumly

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Bernhardt Funeral Home - Ellijay
163 River St.
Ellijay, GA
Funeral service
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
1:00 PM
US Naval Academy Chapel
Annapolis, MD
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Celebration of Life
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
2:00 PM
Ellijay United Methodist Church
Ellijay, GA
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Captain Charles Moulton Plumly, USN (Ret.), 83
PORTLAND - Captain Charles Moulton Plumly, USN (Ret.), 83, passed away on Jan. 15, 2015, at Saint Joseph's Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Portland to the late Clinton and Katharine Plumly, he attended the University of Maine (Beta Theta Phi fraternity) before receiving his congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in June 1955.
Captain Plumly committed 25 years to the United States Navy. He served on eight ships, commanding five of them. He had two Washington tours, attended two War Colleges and served in-country in Vietnam. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", two Bronze Star Medals, all with Combat "V", theater commendation, among other citations and awards.
Following his retirement from naval service, Charley's civilian endeavors continued in the maritime field as advisor to the Saudi Navy Expansion, partner in a small shipyard, Navy overhauls in Brooklyn Naval Shipyard, mega yacht captain and delivery captain of US Army tug boats.
The civilian accomplishment of which Charley was most proud, however, was being one of eight founding members of the Swift Boat Veterans and P.O.W.s for Truth.
Captain Plumly was a member of many organizations. He was a Mason, Shriner, legionnaire, elder in the Presbyterian Church, current member of Ellijay United Methodist Church and member of the New York Yacht Club, Norfolk Yacht Club and Country Club, Army Navy Town Club, lifetime US Naval Academy Alumni Association, lifetime NRA member, Navy League, Surface Naval Warfare and Swift Boat Sailor Association.
Charley is survived by his devoted wife Sibyl, of 56 years; his sister Judy and husband Ken Gale of Needham, Mass.; son Chad (Patsy) and daughter Honey (Mark de St. Aubin) all of Atlanta, Ga.; his loving grandchildren include Charley III, Camille, Emma, Connor and Edward. Additional family members include brothers–in-law Dave Middleton (Pam) and Lane Middleton (Rosemary), sister-in–law Connie Middleton; and many terrific nieces and nephews. He loved his family, his friends and his country.
Funeral services will be held at the US Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m., with inurnment at the USNA Columbarium. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ellijay United Methodist Church, Ellijay, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. Bernhardt Funeral Home, Ellijay, Ga.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2015
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