The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
KELLOGG, ALLAN JAY, JR.
Rank and organization: Gunnery Sergeant,
U.S. Marine Corps (then S/Sgt.), Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine
Division. Place and date: Quang Nam province, Republic of Vietnam, 11 March
1970. Entered service at: Bridgeport, Conn. Born: 1 October 1943,
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.