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James Taggart Kerr (22 April, 1859 - 13 April, 1949) was an American Brigadier general, who served with the U.S. Army. Kerr received a Distinguished Service Medal for his service with the Adjutant General's Department and 2 Silver Stars.

James Taggart Kerr
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J.T. Kerr as brigadier general in Washington D.C., 1919
Born(1859-04-22)April 22, 1859
Martins Ferry, Ohio
DiedApril 13, 1949(1949-04-13) (aged 89)
Washington, D.C.
Buried
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service1881-1922
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Service number0-61
Wars
Awards

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Early yearsEdit

James Kerr was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in 1859.[1]

Military careerEdit

Graduating from West Point in 1881, Kerr was assigned to frontier duty with the 17th Infantry until 1888.[2] He participated in the Ghost Dance War in 1890-1891[2] and was later an honor graduate of the Infantry and Cavalry School at Fort Leavenworth in 1897.[3]

Spanish-American WarEdit

Kerr saw action in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, and received a Silver Star Commendation for his actions before being transferred to the Sanitary Corps.[2][4]

Philippine-American WarEdit

Shortly after his assignment to the Sanitary Corps in Cuba, Kerr was sent to the Philippines to take part in the suppression of the Philippine rebels, for which he received a second Silver Star.[1][4]

First World WarEdit

Kerr had initially retired in August 1914 due to physical disabilities contracted earlier in his career,[2] but was recalled to active duty in 1917 following the U.S. entry into the First World War.[5] During the First World War, Kerr served in the Adjutant General's Department until the end of the war, and was Assistant Adjutant General from 1920 until his retirement in 1922.[2] He was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for his service with the Adjutant General's Department.[5][4]

DeathEdit

James Taggart Kerr passed away on 13 April, 1949, aged eighty-nine.[1] He is burried at Arlington National Cemetery.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Davis Jr., Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki (Raleigh, NC: Pentland press, 1998), pp. 213 isbn 9781571970886
  2. ^ a b c d e Davis Jr., Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki (Raleigh, NC: Pentland press, 1998), pp. 212 isbn 9781571970886
  3. ^ Who Was Who in American History - The Military (Chicago, IL: Marquis Who's Who, Inc., 1975) pp. 303
  4. ^ a b c "James Kerr - Recipient - Military Times Hall Of Valor". valor.militarytimes.com.
  5. ^ a b Cullum, George W. Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York Since Its establishment in 1802: Supplement, Volume VI-A 1910-1920 (Saginaw, MI: Seemann & Peters, Printers, 1920), pp. 320
  6. ^ Find a Grave: Gen James Taggart Kerr, James Taggart Kerr, accessed 21 May 2019, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32875759/james-taggart-kerr