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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born Ala.)

Robert L. Bullard

(Ap'd Ala.)


Born Youngsboro, AL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1881, to June 14, 1885, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 10th Infantry, June 14, 1885.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., Sep. 29 to Nov., 1885, — in the field, to July 14, 1886, — on detached service in Mexico, to Oct. 6, 1886, — Ft. Bliss, Tex., to Feb. 23, 1887, — and Ft. Union, N. M., to Dec. 22, 1888, — and Ft. Marcy, N. M., to Sep. 28, 1889; and in garrison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 6th Infantry, April 2, 1892)

(Transferred to 10th Infantry, Sept. 28, 1892)

Served: At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Nov. 20, 1892; at Fort Reno, Okla., to Dec. 30, 1892; at Fort Stanton, N. M., to Nov. 15, 1894; at Fort Sill, Okla., to Sept. 26, 1895; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the North Georgia Agricultural College, Dahlonega, Ga., Oct. 27, 1895 to Aug. 23, 1897; on leave to Nov. 19, 1897, being on duty attending encampment of the Tennessee National Guard, Sept. 24 to Oct. 30, 1897; garrison duty at Fort Reno, Okla., Nov. 19, 1897 to April 20, 1898; with regiment en route to and at Tampa, Fla., to May 26, 1898.

(Major, 1st Battalion, Alabama Colored Volunteer Infantry,
June 2, 1898)

(Captain, Staff — Commissary of Subsistence, June 22, 1898)

(Colonel, 3d Alabama Colored Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 6, 1898)

— Commanding battalion and his regiment at Mobile, Ala., June to Sep., 1898; at Anniston, Ala., to March 20, 1899;

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, March 20, 1899)

on leave, March 29 to April 29, 1899; on sick leave to Aug. 25, 1899;

(Colonel, 39th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

Commanding and organizing regiment at Fort Crook, Neb., Aug. 27 to Oct. 14, 1899; en route to and in Philippines to ––––

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: En route to Philippine Islands, to Dec. 8, 1899; commanding regiment in Philippine Islands, to May 20, 1901.

 p375  (Honorably Mustered out of Volunteer Service, May 6, 1901)

(Major and Commissary, April 1, 1901)

— Assistant Commissary to Chief Commissary of Division of Philippine Islands, and Chief Commissary, Department Luzon, to Oct., 1901; on sick leave of absence in U. S. six months; rejoined in Philippine Islands, July 4, 1902.

(Transferred to 28th Infantry, June 27, 1902)

— With regiment in Philippine Islands, to Aug. 31, 1902, constructing Iligan Lanao military road; Governor of Lanao District, Moro Province, to July 1, 1904; sick leave of absence in U. S., to March 1, 1905; with regiment, to Oct. 24, 1906.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 8th Infantry, Oct. 31, 1906)

— On duty with Provisional Government, Cuba, Oct. 24, 1906 to Jan. 28, 1909; leave of absence Feb. 1 to April 30, 1909; in U. S. with regiment at Monterey, Cal., to –––––.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Robert Lee Bullard, Born Jan. 15, 1861.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 8th Infantry, Oct. 31, 1906.

At Monterey, Cal., with regiment, to June, 1910; in Hawaii, on duty with Schools of National Guard, July and August, 1910; in U. S. with regiment, Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 1910; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., taking special course for Field Officers, January to March, 1911;

(Colonel of Infantry, March 11, 1911)

at San Diego, Cal., with 8th Infantry, in Mexican border troubles, April, 1911; in Mexico, on special service, May, 1911; at Monterey, Cal., with regiment, June and July, 1911; at Washington, D. C., student officer at Army War College, August, 1911 to June, 1912, when he was graduated; on duty in National Guard Maneuvers and with 17th Infantry to

(Assigned to 26th Infantry, Aug. 31, 1912)

December, 1912; with 26th Infantry in Michigan and Texas; in Mexican border troubles to May, 1917; (commanding 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, in Texas, most of time from February, 1913, to August, 1915); commanding Officer's Training Camp, Arkansas, May, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., June 16, 1917)

 p403  in France, commanding 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Force, June to August, 1917;

(Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

establishing and commanding various Infantry Officers' Schools in France to Dec. 14, 1917; commanding 1st Division, A. E. F., in training maneuvers, in trenches and in open field, in all of its engagements and operations against Germans in France, Dec. 14, 1917, to July 14, 1918; commanding 3rd Corps, A. E. F., in field in all of its engagements and operations against the Germans in France, July 14 to Oct. 11, 1918;

(Lieut.‑General, Oct. 16, 1918)

assigned to and commanding 2nd Army, A. E. F., in France in all of its operations and engagements, its training and its occupation of territory in France and in Luxemburg, Oct. 11, 1918, to

(Major-General, U. S. A., Nov. 27, 1918)

Feb. 5, 1919.

Campaign badges for Indian Service, Philippine Service, Cuban Pacification; entitled to badge for service in Mexico, 1916.


Croix de Guerre

Oct. 30, 1918, and cited:— "A General Officer of the greatest merit. He has inspired all of his subordinates with the spirit of attack with which he is animated, and has made of his Division a magnificent combat instrument."

Legion of Honor, Grade of Commander, Nov. 11, 1918.

Belgian Order of Leopold.


Distinguished Service Medal

Dec. 20, 1918

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as commander of the Second Army of the American Expeditionary Forces. In the course of this war he commanded in turn the first American division to take its place in the front lines in France, the Third Corps, and the Second Army. He participated in operations in reduction of the Marne salient and in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He was in command of the Second Army when the German resistance west of the Meuse was shattered."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., June 16, 1917.

Lieutenant-General, Emergency, Oct. 16, 1918.

Commanding 2nd Army, American Expeditionary Forces in France, in all of its operations and engagements, its training and its occupation of territory in France and in Luxemburg, Oct. 11, 1918, to

Major-General, U. S. A., Nov. 27, 1918.

Apr. 15, 1919; returned to U. S. May 24; at Washington, D. C., President of Infantry Classification Board, June 1 to Oct. 31; at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, Commanding General, Eastern Department, Nov. 1, 1919, to

Honorably Discharged as Lieutenant-General, Emergency, Only,
June 30, 1920.

Jan. 15, 1925.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 15, 1925,
By Operation of Law.

 p226  Lieutenant-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Awarded Croix de Guerre, 2 Palms. Campaign badges for Indian Service, Philippine Service, Cuban Pacification, Mexican Service, Legion of Honor, Grade of Commander, Belgian Order of Leopold, Italian Crosses of Sts. Maurice and Lazarus, other medals of Brazil and France.

Civil History: — Brokers Officer, Moss and Pratt, New York, 1925; Club Chairman, National Town and Country Club, 1926; President of National Security League, Patriotic Society, New York City, 1925 to 1930; Honorary member of Union League, Lotos and A. and N. Club of America. Author of "Personalities and Reminiscences of World War."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Jan. 15, 1925.

Lt.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Special aide and investigator for U. S. Provisional government of Cuba, 1907; Supervisor (sec) of public instruction and fine arts, Cuba, 1908; President National Security League since 1925; Honorary LL. D. Columbia U., 1936; Honorary LL. D. Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1937; Chairman Board of Adviser Castle Heights Military Academy, Lebanon, Tenn., 1937; Author of books, "Personalities and Reminiscences of the World War", 1925; "American Soldiers Also Fought", 1932, and numerous articles in leading magazines and newspapers.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 15 Jan 25;

Lt Gen Ret 21 Jun 30.

Died Governors Island NY, Sep. 11, 1947: Aged 86.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Bullard's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates (q.v.)

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