Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Infantryman was unveiled on Eubanks Field in May of 1960. The statue was later moved to a place of honor in front of the new Infantry School Building in 1964.
It was designed to serve as a constant reminder and inspiration to all who came to Fort Benning. The statue depicts the classic pose of the Infantry squad leader: powerful, dynamic, alert, weapon in hand, leading his men forward, as always the dominant and decisive figure on the battlefield.
This original statue was restored and placed here in 2009 as the centerpiece of the new National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center to honor all Infantry Soldiers. The following are responsible for the statue's creation and initial placement.
General Paul L. Freeman, Jr.
Approved project in spring of 1959
Colonel John M. Woestenburg
Post Ordnance Officer, Project Supervisor
Specialist Fourth Class Manfred Bass
Chief Sculptor and material designer
Specialist Fourth Class Karl Von Krog
Responsible for molding and casting
Officer Candidate Eugene Wyles
Posed for the statue
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military.
Location. 32° 23.367′ N, 84° 57.313′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is on Legacy Way east of South Lumpkin Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker and statue are directly in front of the entrance to the National Infantry Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3800 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus GA 31903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Specialist Ross A. McGinnis (here, next to this marker); POW ✯ MIA Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World Trade Center Beam Memorial (about 400 feet away); Dedicated to the American Revolutionary War Infantryman (about 700 feet away); The "Chattahoochee Choo Choo" (about 700 feet away); 32nd Infantry Regiment Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne) Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Creek Town of Cusseta (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.