Historic Markers Across Georgia

World's First Black Combat Aviator

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: intersection of Talbotton Road and Midland Street, Columbus, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 29.126    W 084° 58.662
  32.48543333    -84.9777
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4THX
World's First Black Combat Aviator Marker  


In World War I, Bullard earned the Croix de Guerre, France´s highest military medal, as an infantryman at the Battle of Verdun. He later flew some 20 missions as a French combat pilot. In the interwar years, he was a musician, club owner, and celebrity in Paris. He married a Parisian society woman with whom he raised two daughters. When Germany conquered France in 1940, Bullard came to New York where he worked in obscurity for the rest of his life.

Erected by the Historic Columbus Foundation and Historic Chattahoochee Commission - 2007


Two sided marker - Eugene J. Bullard, 1895-1961