Private First Class George Daniel Elkins, from Kingsport, was born on February 27, 1932. He had four sisters, Betty Amus, Sadie Parton, Happy Beaver, and Sue Reynolds. He had one brother, Wayne E. Elkins, who also served in the Korean War. He was married and had three children, Carolyn Elkins Thorpe, Danny Elkins, and Mike Elkins.
Private First Class Elkins was member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was declared Missing in Action during the fighting at Hill 266 (Old Baldy) in Komun-ni, North Korea on March 23, 1953 and presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. Private First Class Elkins was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.