U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Allan Kellogg and Lance Corp. Kyle Carpenter share a bond forged in battle and bravery. "Survival is the name of the game," Kellogg said.
In 1970, Kellogg survived a Vietcong grenade and saved his men. In 1973 he was awarded the Medal of Honor. "I just went ahead and did the best I can for what I could do, hoping that everything goes right," he said.
Kellogg's words sound a lot like Carpenter's. "I tried to be the best Marine that I could for my family, for my fellow Marines and those around me," he said. In November, 2010, in Southern Afghanistan, Carpenter did what Kellogg did 40 years earlier. "When that grenade exploded, Kyle Carpenter's body took the brunt of the blast," President Barack Obama said of him. Surgeries and rigorous rehab healed him. In June of 2014, Obama presented Carpenter with the Medal of Honor.
"If I can inspire one person at the end of the day and help them and motivate them to get through their struggles, that's why I'm here," Carpenter said.
This week the two Medal of Honor Marines came together.
"He just has to keep on going forward and do the best he can for as long as he can do it," Kellogg said of Carpenter. "My story might be unique because I was put in that situation. But the stories of courage are endless and they happen every single day," Carpenter said.
There are 79 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.