Calvin Kerr Jr.
Real Life Stories For Young and Old
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Calvin Kerr Jr. has had many opportunities to work in many diverse occupations and positions throughout his military and civilian careers, including First Sergeant, Army Instructor (Junior Reserve officer Training Corps), High School Basketball Coach, Registered Dental Hygienist, Real Estate Consultant, Financial Advisor, Drill Instructor, Calvary Scout, Infantryman, Track Commander, Machine Gunner, Grenadier, and Rifleman. Sometimes the aforementioned jobs entailed being placed in many unpleasant places. He admits that one of his biggest disappointments occurred when he was released by an Air Force Colonel at the Pentagon and found himself without a job. It turned out to be a blessing because he was able to allot enough time to finish his first publication, Hard Head City.
Can I Get A Light?
“Can I Get a Light” is a compelling read showcasing real life experiences. Much like Calvin Kerr, Jr.’s first book, “Hard Head City”, is an easy read. However, you will be intrigued not only by the stories but by the poems within them as well.
“Can I Get a Light” contains 9 short stories, while “Hard Head City” contains 8 short stories. All stories are based on true events and the stories traverse through diverse genres. The author make utmost use of experiences concerning different and numerous facets throughout his life as a civilian and as a soldier in the United States Army. Moreover, he includes people he has met, places he has been and things he has done.
The author and characters tell of personal events and significant historical times in their lives or the lives of their ancestors. Events range from times of the Emancipation Proclamation, World War II, and more present moments in American history.
In closing, he thanks God for living to write about all the obstacles he has faced and others has faced in their lives. Enjoy “Can I Get a Light”.
WE TAKE YOU PLACES YOU'VE NEVER BEEN
Both books are composed of eight short stories in which the author includes his own thoughts regarding particular subjects, highlighting the historical significance and painting a vivid picture of past occurrences that made a mark in history. One of the most remarkable entries he notes is about the racial discrimination suffered by African-Americans in the 1960’s. He tells how Martin Luther King made a difference when he led the movement for equal rights. He also described his feelings when four decades later; the first black American President was elected.
The Raider Who Loved America
Improvised Explosive Device
Cadet Rosa signed his army enlistment papers as a junior in high school. He graduated high school in 2001, and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA (the home of the infantry). Delta 2-19 was the OSUT Company. Afterwards Airborne Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Course came back to back. However, during Ranger Indoctrination, injury involving a stress fracture would force incompletion. The first Permanent Change in Station move (PCS) was to the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA.
Two and a half years later at 19 years old, he stormed Kuwait with the initial task force in route to Iraq. The 3rd Infantry Division (3rd ID) led three of the major missions during the campaign. In 2003, the 3rd ID crossed BURM and attacked. Private First Class Rosa drove a Bradley. The Bradley was armed with weapons with the likes of a 25mm Bushmaster Cannon and a coaxial M240C Machine Gun. In addition, two TOW missiles designed for armored targets enhanced its destructive capabilities. The Bradley’s 25mm Cannons were enough to take out the opposition’s Russian made tanks. For even more firepower, PFC Rosa’s wingman drove an Abrams as well. That tour lasted until September 2003 as he survived it without injury.
On his 2nd tour in 2008, while attached C Company 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Brigade, he entered Baghdad 2 days before his 21st birthday. During an intense firefight an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in front of him. He absorbed most of the blast before being pulled away from the explosion site by his squad leader. The squad placed him behind cover. Immediately, medics went to work. The Medics were only capable of administering basic emergency procedures necessary to keep him alive. The chain of medical treatment sent him to a field hospital in Baghdad, afterwards he was sent to an Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany for 3 days. However, the explosion left Private First Class (PFC) Rosa in a coma. Medical personnel in Landstuhl sang happy birthday to him while he was still in a coma. There he had surgery before being expedited to Walter Reed because physicians assumed he was going to die. They felt that it was appropriate for him to do so in the Continental United states. Contrary to their belief PFC Rosa awakened from his coma.
It had been two weeks since the explosion. Blind, deaf and mute, the first thing seen was a missing left arm. He could not see his legs. It took weeks before he got the nerve to be willing to see the lower half of his body.