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Photos - Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis received his draft notice Friday December 20, 1957. "It's a duty I've got to fill and I'm going to do it", he said. Initially ordered to report for duty January 20, he received a deferment for the filming of "King Creole" (at that time titled "Sing, You, Sinners") which was already in pre-production. The deferment was granted and Elvis was inducted March 24, 1958.

Elvis received his draft notice Friday December 20, 1957. 'It's a duty I've got to fill and I'm going to do it', he said. Initially ordered to report for duty January 20, he received a deferment for the filming of 'King Creole' (at that time titled 'Sing, You, Sinners') which was already in pre-production.

The deferment was granted and Elvis was inducted March 24, 1958.

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Kennedy Veterans Hospital January 4, 1957
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley Graceland with Gladys & Vernon + Army Induction - March 24, 1958

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley receiving a haircut from a US Army barber, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

Elvis Presley blows a strand of hair from his hand, while receiving a haircut from a US Army barber, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

Elvis Presley blows a strand of hair from his hand, while receiving a haircut from a US Army barber, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Elvis blows a strand of hair from his hand, while receiving a haircut.

Elvis Presley spent three days at Fort Chaffee in March 1958 after he was inducted into the Army. It was there he received that famous haircut. Fred Kinslow of Greenwood was 24 and a barber at Fort Chaffee at the time. He was standing near the singer when the locks came off, but he was left out of the pictures circulated worldwide of Presley getting trimmed. He said the owner of the barbershop franchise at Chaffee, H. L. Sallee, told him he would be the one to cut Presley's hair. But at the last minute, James 'Pete' Peterson, supervisor of the barbers, decided he would do the cutting. Kinslow remembered it was so crowded in the shop with reporters and photographers it was difficult to move around. Presley was mobbed wherever he went on the installation. 'I don’t know whether he got any sleep with all the cameras on him all the time', Kinslow said. After three days at Fort Chaffee, Presley was sent to Texas to complete his basic training.

Elvis Presley at Fort Chaffee Elvis Presley at Fort Chaffee
Elvis Presley at Fort Chaffee

March 28, Elvis Presley was outfitted with all of his military gear at Ft Chaffee, Ark.

March 28, Elvis Presley was outfitted with all of his military gear at Ft Chaffee, Ark.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

By the 28th, Elvis arrived at Fort Hood, Texas where he would undergo six months of training before shipping off to Germany.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

A. J. 'Al' Flogge, a native of Kent, donated his collection of more than 2,000 photographs, many signed and inscribed, mementos and keepsakes from many world famous celebrities to Kent State University.

As a life-long collector, Flogge acquired many of the photographs by writing to the celebrities who were also kind enough to autograph many of the items. Flogge also served in the Army in 1958 at Ft. Hood where Elvis Presley was also stationed at the beginning of his two year army hitch.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley in the US Army June 1958
Elvis Presley in the US Army June 1958.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1960 - USS Randall

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

During the crossing Elvis and Charlie Hodge became fast friends. They bunked together at Elvis' request and Charlie cheers him up with jokes and tales of show business.

Together they are put in charge of a shipboard talent show in which Elvis plays piano in the back up band (at the Colonels explicit instructions, he does not sing) while Charlie acts as MC.

During the crossing Elvis and Charlie Hodge became fast friends. They bunked together at Elvis' request and Charlie cheers him up with jokes and tales of show business. Together they are put in charge of a shipboard talent show in which Elvis plays piano in the back up band (at the Colonels explicit instructions, he does not sing) while Charlie acts as MC.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1960 : Arriving in Germany

Arriving in Germany on and October 1, Elvis' unit was stationed in Friedberg, Germany. Upon arrival he was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks. He served in Company C, a scout platoon.

Arriving in Germany on and October 1, Elvis' unit was stationed in Friedberg, Germany. Upon arrival he was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks. He served in Company C, a scout platoon.

Arriving in Germany on and October 1, Elvis' unit was stationed in Friedberg, Germany. Upon arrival he was assigned to the Ray Kaserne barracks. He served in Company C, a scout platoon.

Elvis in the US Army - Bremershafen - Germany
Elvis in the US Army : Bremershafen : Germany.

Elvis Presley at Ray Barracks, Oct 2-3. 1958

Elvis Presley at Ray Barracks, Oct 2-3. 1958.
Elvis Presley at Ray Barracks, Oct 2-3. 1958.

Elvis Presley at his hotel room at Ritters Park Hotel in Bad Homburg, Germany, October 1958

Elvis Presley at his hotel room at Ritters Park Hotel in Bad Homburg, first weekend of October 1958.
Elvis Presley at his hotel room at Ritters Park Hotel in Bad Homburg, first weekend of October 1958.

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1960 - Grafenwöhr

Private Presley Grafenwöhr, Germany

Through November and much of December, Private Presley went on manoeuvres at Grafenwöhr and was promoted to Private First Class for his endeavours in field exercises.

Elvis Presley Grafenwöhr, Germany

Elvis Presley: Grafenwoehr November 28, 1958

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Grafenwoehr November 28, 1958

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley Germany

Elvis Presley in the US Army

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959
Elvis in Munich

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Bill Haley & Elvis Presley

October 23 1958, Elvis attends the Bill Haley Elvis Presley Photos performance in Frankfort and visits Haley backstage.

Elvis celebrates the halfway mark of his army stint with an Over the Hump Party - March 27, 1959
Elvis celebrates the halfway mark of his army stint with an Over the Hump Party - March 27, 1959.

Elvis with rifle, March 1959, Germany
Elvis with rifle, March 1959, Germany, exact date not known.

Elvis in Germany

Elvis and Hal Wallis Standing next to a Mercedes-Benz sports car (type: 300 SL)
Elvis and Hal Wallis Standing next to a Mercedes-Benz sports car (type: 300 SL).

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Ray Barracks, Germany, October 2-3. 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Ritters Park Hotel in Bad Homburg, Germany, first weekend of October 1958

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Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Grafenwoehr November 28, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 1, 1958 : Outside Graceland
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis in the U.S. Army in colour
Elvis Presley Photos Army Boarding pass issued to Elvis Presley by the Military Air Transport Service

Recommended Books

For photos of Elvis in Paris we can highly recommend the book Elvis a Paris.

Elvis Presley Books A Date With Elvis : Army Days Revisited : Essential. The book is in both English and German which enhances the book and it Being about Elvis in Germany. Filled with 900 rare and previously unpublished photos, original news stories, interviews and pictures of memorabilia over 240 pages, this book is highly recommended . Also Includes the text of interviews such as Graceland 1960, Pat Hernon, Elvis Sails etc. Unbelievable, fascinating, just brilliant! What more could I say? A Date With Elvis - Army Days Revisited is a 'must have'! ~ Ger Rijff

Elvis Presley Books Private Presley: The Missing Years : Elvis in Germany : By Andreas SchrÖer, part author of the above 'A Date With Elvis''.Private Presley' traces the story of Elvis' two years in the army: the trauma of his mother's death just three weeks before he left for Germany; the media circus of his arrival and the constant attention of the press during his stay; the girls with whom he was and was not involved; his early encounters with his future wife, Priscilla, who was just fourteen when they met; and his triumphant return to America.

Elvis Presley Books Elvis Day By Day : By Ernst Jorgensen & Peter Guralnick is a complete account of public, private, rare, forgotten, and renowned moments, captured with such detail and immediacy they read like diary entries in a life--from first steps to the first time the young 'hillbilly cat' stepped on stage; from the creation of a revolutionary new sound to the last days of a universally known, tragically misunderstood music legend.

No longer in print. Grab one if you find one.

Elvis Presley Books A Date With Elvis : Army Days Revisited
Book Elvis A Paris Book
BookThe Ultimate Elvis In Munich Book
Book The Elvis Files Vol. 2 1957-1959 : Hardcover Book

January 1958

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : January 8, 1958 : With Eight-year-old Mary Kosloski

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis and Anita Wood looked at new auto-mobiles : March 19, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis with Gladys & Vernon + Army Induction : March 24, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis fan letter to President Eisenhower
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Inside King Creole
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis in the U.S. Army in colour

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 1, 1958 : Outside Graceland
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : June 10, 1958 : RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee

August

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: August, 1958 : Methodist Hospital
Elvis Presley Photos August 14, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos August 13, 1958 : Waiting at the Hospital for word on his Mothers condition

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Ray Barracks, Germany : October 2-3, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Ritters Park Hotel, Bad Homburg, Germany : October 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Sheikh Elvis Presley : Goethestrasse 14, Bad Nauheim, Germany

November

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Grafenwoehr, Germany : November 28, 1958

The Movies of 1958

Elvis Presleys Movies 1958, King Creole, Paramount

The Movies In Photos

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Inside King Creole

DVDs

DVD King Creole

DVD Elvis : The Ed Sullivan Show : The Classic Performances DVD
DVD The Milton Berle Show DVD
DVD Elvis : The King Of Rock n Roll 30 Hit Performances And More DVD

CDs

CD Greatest Live Hits of the 50’s CD From MRS
CD The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956
CD Elvis At SUN
CD Elvis Presley : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD Elvis
CD The Million Dollar Quartet
CD Loving You : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
CD Jailhouse Rock Volume 1 : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
CD Jailhouse Rock Volume 2 : FTD Special Edition Movie Soundtrack 2 CD
CD 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong : FTD Special Edition 2 CD
CD The King Of Rock 'N' Roll : The Complete 50's Masters
CD Elvis' Golden Records CD
CD Elvis' Christmas Album CD
CD King Creole CD

Books

Book The Elvis Files Vol. 2 1957-1959 : Hardcover Book
Book Elvis In Gold : 1957
Book King Creole : Frame By Frame : Deluxe Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Book Elvis : King Creole [JAT Publising] Hardcover Book
Book King Creole : The Music : FTD Book & CD
Book Jailhouse Rock : Frame By Frame : Deluxe Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Elvis Presley Books
Elvis : Rock, Sex and Roll
Book Elvis à Paris
Book A Date With Elvis : The Army Years Revisited
Book Elvis Like Any Other Soldier Hardcover Book
Book The Ultimate Elvis In Munich Book

Book Jailhouse Rock Hardcover Book : JAT Publishing
Book Flashback Book + 2 CDs
Book Elvis Presley : The Family Album Book

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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