Texas Military Forces
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P. Kerr began his military career when he enlisted in Headquarters Troop
of the 6th Cavalry, Texas National Guard on September 11, 1919. He was
appointed a second lieutenant of cavalry in the 56th Cavalry Brigade in
He served as a company commander and on the staff of the 144th Infantry,
36th Infantry during the Louisiana maneuvers. There he was promoted to
Lieutenant General Kerr served with the 36th Division during the African
and Italian campaigns until, in February 1944, he was assigned as the
United States Representative and Deputy Commander of the Allied Military
Mission to the Italian Army.
Following World War II, General Kerr became one of the original officers
forming the new 49th Armored Division of the Texas Army National Guard.
He held progressively responsible positions until he assumed command of
the division on November 1, 1958. He was promoted to major general on
November 18, 1958.
General Kerr was selected to fill the post of Chief of the Army
Division, National Guard Bureau on October 14, 1959, and held the
position until his retirement in August 1962. He received his brevet
promotion to lieutenant general from Governor John Connally in July
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