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First Name: Allan

Last Name: Kellogg Jr.

Birthplace: Bethel, CT, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: Bridgeport, CT
Middle Name: Jay

Date of Birth: 01 October 1943

Rank: Sergeant Major

Years Served: 1960-1990
Allan Jay Kellogg Jr.

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Allan Jay Kellogg
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Sergeant Major Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr. is a retired U.S. Marine. He received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions as a staff sergeant on 11 March 1970, during the Vietnam War.

Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr. was born on 1 October 1943, in Bethel, CT, and graduated from elementary school there in 1958. He attended Bethel High School for two years before dropping out in 1959. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 14 November 1960, in Bridgeport, CT.

Marine Corps Service

Kellog received recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC and individual combat training at Camp Lejeune, NC. Following graduation, he was assigned duty as a rifleman, assistant automatic rifleman, and fire team leader, consecutively, with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. He was promoted to Private First Class in June 1961, to Lance Corporal in April 1962, and to Corporal in October 1962. From December 1962 until November 1964, Cpl Kellogg served as a squad leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade. Upon his return to the U.S., he was assigned duty as Sergeant of the Guard, Marine Air Base Squadron 31, Marine Aircraft Group 31, at Beaufort, SC. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 May 1965.

In March 1966, he was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as Weapons Platoon Sergeant and later, Company Supply Non-commissioned Officer of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 July 1967.

In December 1967, SSgt Kellogg was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, serving as a squad leader with M-16 Special Task Group Command, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and subsequently as a platoon sergeant, and later, platoon commander of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines.

Returning for his second tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam in December 1969, SSgt Kellogg served briefly as a platoon sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines. During March 1970, he was reassigned duty as a platoon sergeant of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. His actions on 11 March 1970 earned him the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon sergeant with Company G, in connection with combat operations against the enemy on the night of 11 March 1970. Under the leadership of G/Sgt. Kellogg, a small unit from Company G was evacuating a fallen comrade when the unit came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force occupying well-concealed emplacements in the surrounding jungle. During the ensuing fierce engagement, an enemy soldier managed to maneuver through the dense foliage to a position near the marines, and hurled a hand grenade into their midst which glanced off the chest of G/Sgt. Kellogg. Quick to act, he forced the grenade into the mud in which he was standing, threw himself over the lethal weapon and absorbed the full effects of its detonation with his body thereby preventing serious injury or possible death to several of his fellow marines. Although suffering multiple injuries to his chest and his right shoulder and arm, G/Sgt. Kellogg resolutely continued to direct the efforts of his men until all were able to maneuver to the relative safety of the company perimeter. By his heroic and decisive action in risking his life to save the lives of his comrades, G/Sgt. Kellogg reflected the highest credit upon himself and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

Wounded in action in Quang Nam Province on 8 May 1970, he was evacuated to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan. He was released from the hospital in October 1970 and returned to duty that December, when he assumed his assignment as Instructor, Field Medical Service School, at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on 1 July 1972. He was later promoted to Sergeant Major, and retired from the Marine Corps in October 1990.

In 1984, Kellogg designated The Unknown service member from the Vietnam War during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 17 May 1984. The Unknown service member was later identified in 1998 as Air Force 1st Lt Michael Joseph Blassie, following mitochondrial DNA testing.

Post-Military Life

After retiring from the military, Kellogg moved to Hawaii and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a benefit counselor at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. His son Aaron is a Paratrooper in the U.S Army.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device
Purple Heart with 2 Award Stars
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1 Service Star
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 8 Service Stars
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Service Stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Honoree ID: 996   Created by: MHOH




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