Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Wilbur “Duke” Red Elk Ellis.

Duke served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, 45th Infantry Division from May 1953 to June 1955, in the Army from June 1955 to April 1978, and with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam from September 1967 to August 1968. He also served with the 8th Infantry Division, 11th Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, and the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 77th Special Forces Groups. Duke served at multiple locations stateside including Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also completed many deployments overseas including to Germany, Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Duke was the first of six Comanches to earn the “Green Beret” as a member of the Army Special Forces. Duke is the second oldest living Comanche Vietnam War Veteran and one of only six Comanches to earn the second highest military enlisted grade of E-8.

Thank you for your service, Duke!

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Graphic By Lilian Vo: Lilian Vo is an undergraduate senior at George Mason University studying Global Affairs and Intelligence Analysis.

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Published on Jan. 17, 2018

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  1. John K Griffin January 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Re: VeteranOfTheDay Carlos J. Negron

    A little bit of hometown information would be nice for these fallen warriors. It’s meaningful to those who knew him when he was a youth and in grade and high school. Please try a little harder to put this valuable information in with the article.

    John K. Griffin

  2. Francis Paul Drohan January 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Enjoy the articles posted daily. I read them all.
    NamVet 65-66 usmc 63-67.

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