Robert Lee Bullard



His brilliant leadership as Corps Commander and as Commanding General, Second Army, American Expeditionary Forces, contributed greatly to the victorious conclusion of World War I

Robert Lee Bullard, every inch a soldier and a fighting general, led his troops to victory during World War I after serving with distinction in the Spanish-American War, on the Mexican border and in the Philippines.

He was born in Lee County and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. As commander of the First Division, the Third Army Corps, and finally, the Second Army, Bullard was a model of military discipline and courage tempered with an abundance of common sense and a personable nature. The name of "Counterattack Bullard" was known far and wide after the Second Battle of the Marne, when he ignored the word to fall back and ordered a counterattack. Never one to sit idly by when there was a fight, Bullard once left a hospital where he had been confined with neuritis to join his troops on their way to the front. Bullard demanded the best of his subordinates and got it. To a division head complaining of a lack of support on his flanks, he said, "I shall take no excuses on this occasion." No more excuses were heard and the divisions started looking after their own flanks. To a corps commander who had failed repeatedly in all his offensive efforts, he said simply, "Make one more attack." The commander won both his battle and a promotion.

Bullard returned from Europe as a lieutenant general to command the Second Army Corps Area. Following his retirement in 1925 he served as president of the National Security League, an organization dedicated to preparedness, and wrote numerous magazine articles and three major books.

Elected 1954

Alabama Hall of Fame, 1968

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