Allan J. Kellogg, Jr. Medal of Honor citation

Navy MOH Citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to




for service as set forth in the following


For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Gunnery Sergeant Allan Jay Kellogg (MCSN: 1927666), United States Marine Corps, 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, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy on the night of 11 March 1970 in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. Under the leadership of Gunnery Sergeant 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 Gunnery Sergeant 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, Gunnery Sergeant 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, Gunnery Sergeant Kellogg reflected the highest credit upon himself and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: 1 Oct. 1943, Bethel, Conn…. Served two tours in Vietnam… Also awarded Bronze Star with Combat “V” and three Purple Hearts… Retired as Sergeant Major in 1990

Author: Real American Heroes

7 thoughts on “Allan J. Kellogg, Jr. Medal of Honor citation

  1. Lcpl Estrada
    Sir I served with you as my company sgt/Maj
    Commanding officer colonel dube at marine barracks pearl harbor and you had us almost as squared away as you were semper fi sgt/Maj

  2. Proud of the Kellogg family legacy. We all did our duty. Some gave more than the others. You nearly gave it all. Strength and Honor. – Rich Kellogg US Army, 44th Medical Corps, 24th Evac Hospital, Long Binh, RVN, Mar ’69-Apr ’70.

  3. You make us all proud to claim the title United States Marine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks – God bless – and Semper Fi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hey I also served with Sgt major Kellogg at marine barracks Hawaii from 1980 thru 1984 at lualualie naval ammo dump pulling guard duty then pearl harbor and finally k bay mcas

  5. I served with Sergeant Major Kellogg at 3d Marines in Hawaii in the 1980’s. A true leader among Marines. It was a honor being under your leadership.

    Semper Fidelis

  6. Kellogg was also honored to designate the Vietnam War Unknown Soldier who was entombed at Arlington, but later exhumed and ID’d by dna – the Unknown Tomb of the Vietnam Vet remains vacant to this day

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