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Hawaii Medal of Honor recipient among vets honored at Super Bowl coin toss

(Image: Maile Kellogg) (Image: Maile Kellogg)
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Hawaii veteran was one of 15 Medal of Honor recipients honored at the Super Bowl 52 Sunday.

Allan J. Kellogg, who lives in Kailua, took part in the coin toss at the start of the big game.

The 74-year-old was a sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. 

In 1973, Kellogg earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the war.

He protected his platoon from the explosion of an enemy hand grenade and got his troops to safety -- despite his injuries in the blast.

 Kellogg's family says he is a Patriots fan and was thrilled to be a part of the Super Bowl coin toss.

His family tuned in to the game on TV and were just as excited to see him.

"Me and my three kids are watching the tv and going 'there's papa!' and of course my dad has to shoot his shaka to the TV. It was classic, got to love it," Kellogg's daughter Maile Kellogg said.   

Kellogg recently retired from Tripler Army Medical Center. He has seven children and seven grandchildren.

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