Staff Sergeant George G. Red Elk was born 29 January 1948 at Lawton, Oklahoma. After graduation from Lawton Eisenhower High School, in 1966, he attended Cameron Junior College in 1966 and 1967. September 1967 he enlisted into the US Army. September 1968 to August 1969 he served in Vietnam as Loader, Gunner and Tank Commander in Company D, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Regiment at Xuan Loc and Zion Firebases.
He was wounded in action 18 March 1969 and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple for that action. He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60-device for service in Vietnam.
On 23 November 1973 he was discharged from the active duty Army and from March 1982 to June 1991 served in the 158th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade, US Army Oklahoma National Guard. His organization was activated 21 November 1990, and on 17 January 1991 was deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He was awarded his second Army Commendation Medal for service in the Persian Gulf War. He returned to the United States during May 1991 and on 9 June 1991 was discharged from the Oklahoma National Guard. He is the current Commander, Comanche Indian Veterans Association.