Frank Bunkley (1895-1979) organized Post 49 and served as the first Commander. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Alabama National Guard and also served some time on the Mexican border against the forces of Pancho Villa. He served overseas during World War I with the Rainbow Division until he was wounded in France. After several months in army hospitals he was discharged with the rank of Sargeant. He received the Purple Heart for wounds for wounds he received in action. During the early part of World War II Frank Bunkley served under General George Patton as a Field Director for the American Red Cross. He joined General Patton's task force but he was not able to go overseas because when the outfit was at the Port of Embarcation he was hospitalized with influenza. He then resigned his position and returned to his home in Mobile, Alabama where he was active in Civil Defense. He also organized the VFW Department of Alabama and was sworn in as its first Department Commander by National Commander Jimmy Van Zant and served during the 1934-1935 term.
General Robert L. Bullard Post 49 in Mobile, AL was chartered on January 5, 1934. Our Post has a long history of serving our Veterans, their families and our Community. Robert L. Bullard Post 49 is one of the oldest VFW's within the state of Alabama. We have an active and supportive Ladies Auxiliary. Our Post is also host to one of the fastest growing VFW Riders Group in Alabama. We are active within the community and Veteran's Affairs within the State.
Our Post hosts many events through the year, we are opening our arms and hearts to our younger Veterans, without them the Veterans of Foreign Wars will cease to exist in the future. If you are a returning Veteran or a Veteran who has decided you've waited long enough, join a Post that recognizes that Veterans are the greatest people that our Country has to offer.