Medals, memorabilia taken from local World War II veteran's home in Vista

Bronze Star, Purple Heart among items taken

VISTA, Calif. - A local World War II veteran says a military shadow box containing medals and other memorabilia of his 21-year career in the Marines is missing from his home.

"Oh, they meant the world to me," said 88-year-old Clyde Kellogg.

The Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and others were taken from the patio of his Vista home that he shares with his wife of 62 years.

The medals were earned when Kellogg was an 18-year-old fighting with other Marines on the Japanese-held island in the Pacific, Guadacanal.

"You know, I never gave a second thought about medals," said Kellogg. "I was just trying to stay alive over there."  

Kellogg earned them after taking out a Japanese tank crew, but it came at a price.  

"I spent 11 months in the hospital recovering from my wounds and malaria I picked up over there," he said. "I went into the battle at 185 pounds and by the time I was evacuated, I weighed 117."

Kellogg spent 21 years in the Marine Corps and retired as a first sergeant.

He is not entirely sure who took the medal box since they left a World War II bayonet and mess kit behind.

Kellogg said he just wants them back.

"It hurts me that someone would come in and take them," he said.

Jack Harkins, the chairman for the United Veterans Council, is also a retired Marine. Harkins said he is doing everything in his power to get replacements.  

"We just can't stand by and not make this right," he said.

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