" In 1960, the 10-foot-6 replica of an infantryman was designed and sculpted by Pfc. Manfred Bass and assisted by Pfc. Karl H. Van Krog, under the direction of Maj. Gen. Paul L. Freeman Jr., then the commandant of the U.S. Infantry School. The model was an officer candidate named Eugene J. Wyles.
"It was named “The Infantryman” — simple enough — and installed on Eubanks Field.
"In 1964 it got a new location, Infantry Hall, and a new name, “Follow Me,” after the motto of the Infantry."
"For over two centuries I have kept our nation safe. Purchasing
freedom with my blood to tyrants. I am the day of reckoning to the
oppressed, the hope for the future. Where the fighting is thick, there
I am the infantry! Follow me!"