About Us > H. David Bullard
David and his wife are members of Mulberry United Methodist Church in Macon. His wife is a speech-language pathologist who works with children, both in the public and private sectors. She helps children with learning disabilities and speech impediments speak more fluently.
David leads a drive every year to contribute toys and clothing to the annual Toys for Tots program. Hundreds of toys and clothing have been donated because of his efforts. He is a member of the Uptown Macon Rotary Club, which raises thousands of dollars each year for charities in the area. At Thanksgiving he donates and helps deliver Thanksgiving meals to needy families. He contributes financially to the Methodist Home for Children and the Georgia Industrial Children's Home. He and his wife contribute regularly to Goodwill Industries. In law school David was a member of, and in his last year president of, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, which donated annually to the Macon Rescue Mission.
David enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, from 1992 to 1996. He arrived at Parris Island, S.C. for boot camp in November, 1992 and graduated 86 days later, in January 1993. He had one month of further infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He served another two and a half years at Camp Lejeune. He volunteered for and served one year in Japan, at Marine Air Base, Iwakuni, which is on the main island of Honshu, approximately 45 minutes south of Hiroshima. Unlike the other branches of military service, every Marine is a rifleman. Great emphasis is placed on marksmanship. In boot camp David scored a 237 out of a possible 250 points on the qualifying rifle range, which was the high score in his platoon of 63 recruits. As his platoon's High Shooter, David was recognized as graduating with honors. David earned the Rifle Expert and Pistol Expert badges. The "expert" qualification is the highest qualification in both rifle and pistol marksmanship in the Corps. The weapons at the time were the M-16a2 service rifle and the 9 mm pistol. David earned the National Defense Medal for joining the service in a time of war. He earned the Overseas Service Medal for serving one year overseas. He earned the Good Conduct Medal and the Naval Achievement Medal for outstanding performance as a law clerk. David served as a law clerk to the Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., the Regional Defense Counsel for the Eastern Division of the Marine Corps, and the Chief Defense Counsel of the U.S. Marine Corps. David earned an Honorable Discharge in November 1996.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States
"The Man in the Arena" speech at the Sorbonne
April 23, 1910