- "Your enemy wants you dead, so you have two choices. Kill or be killed. No hesitation, no second thoughts, and no mercy!"
Captain Turner was a US Army Captain, and partially responsible for turning John Kreese into a ruthless and merciless man. He was the captain of John Kreese, Terry Silver, and several other men. His unit was kidnapped in Vietnam, though his death was at the hands of a grief-stricken Kreese.
George Turner was born in 1915, and was trained by master Kim Sun-Yung of South Korea whom taught him the art of Tang So Doo, when he fought in the Korean War. During his service, he was given the rank of Army Captain which he held until his death.
In 1968, Turner was praising Kreese for his actions and ability to make a difference, and asks him to join his team for a mission to Vietnam, which Kreese accepts. He is next shown training and taking down Kreese, and telling Kreese and his group which includes Silver and Ponytail to be merciless to their opponent and that they have their mission tomorrow. He then receives word from the sergeant that Kreese's girlfriend Betsy has died, but tells the sergeant not to tell Kreese because he doesn't want him to lose focus.
While on the mission in Vietnam, he is communicating with Kreese and Silver through a walkie talkie. When Silver's radio erupts, Turner tells Kreese to blow up the air support where Ponytail currently is placing explosives, but Kreese's hesitation leads to everyone being captured by the Vietnamese. Ponytail is then shot dead in the woods, causing an angry Turner to blame Kreese for this. Turner and his group are then imprisoned in a cell and forced to fight one on one to death. During a fight between two people in Turner's group, Kreese asks Turner for guidance, but Turner says it's every man for himself. After the first fight, a Vietnamese soldier selects Turner to fight Silver, which scares Silver, but Kreese volunteers to take his place.
While proceeding towards the fighting spot, Turner tells Kreese he has something to live for. When Kreese says he does as well, Turner notifies him that Betsy died in a car crash and starts laughing (most likely to gain a psychological advantage when they fight), deeply upsetting and angering Kreese. During their fight, Turner has the upper hand and has Kreese at his mercy. While having him at his mercy, he berates Kreese for being unable to shed his humanity. However, Kreese then stabs him with a broken piece of bamboo and then proceeds to get the upper hand, before succeeding in kicking him off the platform just as American soldiers and US Air Force jets arrived at the camp to save the unit. Turner tells Kreese to pull him up, but Kreese coldly says that it is true that he had never truly taken his lessons to heart, but that he would never make that mistake again. He then shows commanding officer "no mercy" by kicking him off and sending him to his death, but not before Turner screaming "Kreese." Following this, Kreese would go on to be a ruthless and merciless human being.
Turner was a ruthless captain that taught his soldiers to be merciless to their enemies. While it Vietnam, he showed his mercilessness by demanding Kreese to blow up the air support in order for them to get away, even though this would kill Ponytail. When Kreese fails to do so, resulting in all of them being captured and Ponytail being shot dead, Turner angrily blames Kreese. During his on one fight with Kreese, he brutally beats him up and berates him for failing to shed his humanity. However, Kreese regains footing and overpowers Turner. When the American soldiers and US Air Force jets arrived, Turner orders Kreese to help him up, but this is when Turner's lessons come back to bite him, as Kreese finally accepts the no mercy mentality, and kills Turner. Showing Turner to also be somewhat cowardly. Following his death, Kreese follows through with the no mercy mentality, and becomes a ruthless and merciless human being.