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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born O.)

James T. Kerr

(Ap'd O.)


Born at Martin's Ferry, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 17th Infantry, June 11, 1881.

Served: on frontier duty at Camp Porter, Mon., Sep. 29 to Nov. 29, 1881, — Ft. A. Lincoln, Dak., to Nov. 3, 1882, — Ft. Stevenson, Dak., to Jan. 27, 1883, — Ft. Yates, Dak., to July 13, 1886, — Camp Medicine Butte, Wy., to Feb., 1887, — and Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to Dec. 5, 1888; under instruction at the Torpedo School, Willet's Point, N. Y., to Oct. 1, 1889; on leave of absence, Oct. 2‑22, 1889; and on frontier duty at Ft. D. A. Russell, Wy., to –––––.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 17th Infantry, Aug. 30, 1890)

Served: (Regimental Adjutant, Aug. 30, 1890 to Aug. 30, 1894) With regiment in Sioux campaign of 1890‑91, in South Dakota. — Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., Oct., 1889 to June, 1890. — Fort Bridger, Wyo., to Sept., 1890; Fort D. A. Russell to Sept., 1894; Columbus Barracks, O., to Sept., 1895; Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to Sept., 1897. — (Honor Graduate, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, 1897.) — Columbus Barracks, O., to April, 1898. — Served in Cuba during Spanish-American war as A. A. A. G. of (Chaffee's) 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 5th Army Corps, from June 22 to Aug. 23, 1898. Columbus Barracks, O., Oct., 1898 to Feb., 1899.

(Captain of Infantry, 17th Infantry, April 26, 1898)

— Served with regiment in the Philippines from March 22, 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: With regiment in the Philippines, from March 22, 1899 to Nov., 1900, and in Philippines, as Assistant Adjutant-General, to Aug., 1902.

(Major, Assistant Adjutant-General, Nov. 12, 1900)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Assistant Adjutant-General, April 15, 1902)

 p323  (Colonel, Assistant Adjutant-General, June 17, 1905)

— General Staff Corps, by detail, Aug., 1903 to Aug., 1907; Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Jan., 1903 to April, 1903; Washington, D. C., to Sept., 1907; Manila, P. I., Jan., 1908 to –––––.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(James Taggart Kerr, Born April 22, 1859.)

Military History. —

Colonel, Assistant Adjutant-General, June 17, 1905

At Manila, P. I., Jan. 3, 1908, to Jan. 4, 1910; en route to U. S., via Asia, and on leave, Jan. 18 to June 1, 1910; at Washington, D. C., on duty in office of the Adjutant-General, June 7, 1910, to Aug. 16, 1914.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 16, 1914,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Recalled to active duty and at Washington, D. C., in office of the Adjutant General, from July 5, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, Adjutant General's Dept., N. A., Oct. 5, 1917)

reappointed to active list as

(Colonel Adjutant General's Department, July 1, 1920)

(Brigadier-General, Assistant Adjutant General, July 1, 1920)


Distinguished Service Medal

"for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service. While in charge of the Enlisted Men's Division of The Adjutant General's Office and of  p321 the recruitment of the Army, and later as executive assistant to The Adjutant General of the Army, his sound judgment and unremitting industry were important factors in the efficient administration of The Adjutant General's Department."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 16, 1914,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Brigadier-General, Adjutant General's Dept., National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

Honorably Discharged, June 1, 1919.

Restored to active list as

Colonel, Adjutant General's Department, July 1, 1920,
Act of June 4, 1920.

Brigadier-General, Assistant Adjutant General, July 1, 1920.

At Washington, D. C., Assistant to The Adjutant General, to Aug. 15, 1922.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 15, 1922,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at the battle of El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898," and again, "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Magalang, Luzon, P. I., Nov. 5, 1899."

Civil History: — Commander of Order of Indian Wars of United States; President, Society of Army of Santiago de Cuba.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Aug. 15, 1922.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 15 Aug 22.

Died, Apr. 13, 1949, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 89.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Kerr's birthplace is from the WPAOG memorial article.

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