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Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr.
Born October 1, 1943(1943-10-01) (age 78)
Place of birth Bethel, Connecticut
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1960-1990
Rank Sergeant Major
Unit 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Medal of Honor
Bronze Star
Purple Heart (3)

Kellogg in 2003

Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr. (born October 1, 1943) is a retired sergeant major in the United States Marine Corps. He received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions as a Staff Sergeant on March 11, 1970, during the Vietnam War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early years[edit | edit source]

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

Marine Corps service[edit | edit source]

He received recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and individual combat training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 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 squad leader with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade. Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned duty as Sergeant of the Guard, Marine Air Base Squadron 31, Marine Aircraft Group 31 at Beaufort, South Carolina. He was promoted to Sergeant on May 1, 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 July 1, 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 March 11, 1970 earned him the Medal of Honor. Wounded in action in Quang Nam Province on May 8, 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, California. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant on July 1, 1972. In 1975 he served at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor, rank of Gunnery Sergeant. During the fall of Saigon while the last Marine troops were conducting the evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon, in March and April 1975, he brought a TV into the squad bay at Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor. He explained the historical importance of what was happening to a few Marines, his subordinates, who were off duty in the barracks at that time. He served as a role model and highly experienced leader of the Marine Security Guards he held command over at that time. 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, Hawaii, May 17, 1984. The Unknown service member was later identified in 1998 as Air Force 1st Lt Michael Joseph Blassie, following mitochondrial DNA testing.

Later life[edit | edit source]

After retiring from the military, Kellogg remained in Hawaii and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a benefit counselor at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.[1] Son Aaron is a Paratrooper in the U.S Army and stationed in Vicenza, Italy with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He is a member of the elite Team 1 in the wombat platoon led by SSG Thomas Doyle.

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

A complete list of his medals and decorations includes:

A light blue ribbon with five white five pointed stars
Gold star
Gold star
Bronze star
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
Medal of Honor
Bronze Star w/ valor device Purple Heartw/ 2 award stars Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ 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

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

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 March 11, 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.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. 1.0 1.1 O'Brien, B.J. (July 21, 2006). "Kellogg honored by alumni association". Bethel, Connecticut. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5q7ucx63d. 
  2. "2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment, Medal of Honor recipients, GySgt Allan J. Kellogg, Jr.". 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps. http://www.i-mef.usmc.mil/div/5mar/2bn/medals.asp. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 

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