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Sergeant Elvis Presley Back in the USA : March 3, 5, 6 and 7, 1960

March 3, 1960

This photo was taken when Elvis arrived at McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey on March 3, 1960, two days before he was officially discharged from the Army.

This photo was taken when Elvis arrived at McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey on March 3, 1960, two days before he was officially discharged from the Army.

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960

Elvis Presley Photos March 5, 1960, Elvis is officially discharged from active duty at 9.15am.

Although the official date of release was scheduled for March 23. After receiving his mustering out check of $109.54 and his formal honorable discharge (unlike his manager many years earlier), he and Colonel Parker travel by limousine, 'mysteriously vanishing', the press reports, 'from a snow-packed and fan-laden highway'.

Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960
Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960 - View larger image.

Their destination is a Trenton, New Jersey, hotel where they are joined by Lamar Fike and Rex Mansfield. That same evening, the group takes a private railroad car to Washington, D.C.

March 6, 1960, in Washington, Elvis and his party board a second private railway car, this time on the 'Tennessean' which leaves for Memphis at 8.05 am. Elvis remains awake thoughout the night and throughout remainder of the trip though March 7, he appears on the observation platform in his dress blues and waves to the big crowds gathered at every station, big and small, along the route.

Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis
Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis

Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis
Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis (March 6 or 7?)

Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis
Elvis at Roanoke Station 1960 - En route to Memphis

Below, Elvis Presley during the last few miles of the train ride home Monday March 7, 1960.

Colonel Parker and Elvis Presley - 1960

Elvis Presley aboard the train that brought him home to Memphis early Monday March 7, 1960.

Elvis Presley aboard the train that brought him home to Memphis early Monday March 7, 1960.

Elvis Presley aboard the train that brought him home to Memphis early Monday March 7, 1960.

Elvis Presley during the last few miles of the train ride home Monday March 7, 1960

When Memphis reporters joined the party in Grand Junction at 6:15 A.M. and then at Buntyn Station a little more than an hour later, Elvis was still wearing a (non-issue) dress blue Army uniform he'd had made in Germany (The tailor mistakenly gave him the stripes of a staff sergeant, rather than sergeant which was the rank at which he was discharged) with Good Conduct ribbon and Expert's medal for marksmanship prominently displayed, but by now he had donned one of the two formal lace shirts that Frank Sinatra's nineteen-year-old daughter, Nancy, had presented to him at Fort Dix on behalf of her father.

'If I act nervous, it's because I am', he told Press-Scimitar reporter Bill Burk.

'I've been gone a long time, a long time', he muttered almost to himself, as the train pulled in to the station. What had he missed most about Memphis? he was asked 'Everything. I mean that—everything'.

March 7, 1960, The train arrives in Memphis at 7.45 am in the midst of another snow-storm.

Some 200 fans waited at Union Station in the early morning cold at Memphis's Union Station to welcome Elvis home from his stint in the U.S. Army.

Elvis Presley was greeted by a crowd of some 200 people in the early morning cold at Memphis's Union Station March 7,1960.
The above photo was used worldwide and it was from this that Colonel Parker's Dutch family recognised him .

Two hundred fans, reporters, and the just plain curious were waiting when the train arrived at 7:45.

It was snowing, and there was an icy wind, but the crowd chanted, 'We want Elvis', as they massed behind a six-foot high wrought-iron fence. 'It was nice to have you aboard', said the conductor, H. D. Kennamer, shaking his hand. 'Thank you, sir', said Elvis Presley, squaring his shoulders and plunging back into the life he had once known. He walked along the fence, shaking hands through the bars and recognizing familiar faces.

Amongst the crowd was Gary Pepper, head of an Elvis fan club
Amongst the crowd was Gary Pepper, head of the Elvis Tankers fan club

Elvis spoke briefly with various friends and fans, then indicated to the Colonel Parker's brother-in-law and aide, Bitsy Mott, that he wanted to confer with Gary Pepper, a twenty-seven-year-old cerebral palsy victim who had recently taken over the Tankers Fan Club (Elvis had been assigned to a tank corps) and was holding a 'Welcome Home, Elvis, The Tankers' sign above his head. Bitsy wheeled Pepper through the crowd, and they had a brief meeting, with Pepper apologizing that there wasn't a bigger turnout, it was a school day, after all. 'Elvis bit his lip', reported the newspaper, 'seemed to be trying to repulse tears, and said, 'I'll see you later, pal'. Then he was gone, scooped up in his old friend police captain Fred Woodward's squad car, arriving at Graceland less than thirty minutes later with lights flashing and siren screaming.

Elvis rides out to Graceland, in his friend Police Captain Fred Woodward's (Driving) squad car, Bill Burk can be seen in the back seat.
Elvis rides out to Graceland, in his friend Police Captain Fred Woodward's (Driving) squad car, Bill Burk can be seen in the back seat.

Elvis rides out to Graceland, in his friend Police Captain Fred Woodward's(Driving) squad car, Bill Burk can be seen in the back seat.Elvis rides out to Graceland, in his friend Police Captain Fred Woodward's (Driving) squad car, Bill Burk can be seen in the back seat.

'The Gracland gates Elvis Presley Photos swung open', reported the Memphis Press-Scimitar, 'and Woodward's car . . . shot through at nearly 30 miles per hour. Then the gates closed. The king was once again on his throne'.

- Careless Love - The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (New York: Little, Brown & Company, 1999)

Elvis Presley, dressed in civilian clothes, posed with a cake sent by an anonymous fan for his Army homecoming. Elvis was greeted by a crowd of some 200 people in the early morning cold at Memphis's Union Station March 7,1960. In the afternoon, he held a press conference in the two room office building behind Graceland where his 1957 Christmas (his last xmas at home) tree still stood. He arrived in Memphis by private rail car pulled by Southern Railway's Tennessean about 7:45 a.m. He was officially discharged the previous Saturday (March 5) at Ft. Dix, N.J.

Elvis Presley, dressed in civilian clothes, posed with a cake sent by an anonymous fan.

Elvis Presley in the U.S. ArmyClick the U.S. Army logo to go to our next page about Elvis Presley in the U.S. Army.

Elvis Army Home Page Continuous Elvis Presley Army Tour Next Page Next Elvis Presley : Press Conference at Graceland : March 7, 1960

Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army (At home in Germany & with Red West)

Elvis Army Home Page Elvis In The U.S. Army

Read about Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959 - Day to Day Next Page

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis with Gladys & Vernon + Army Induction : March 24, 1958
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis in the U.S. Army in colour

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 1960

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Leave of absence request : January 2, 1960

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 1960 : Sergeant Presley Preparing To Go Home
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley March 1, 1960 : Sergeant Presley Preparing To Go Home
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu during their final moments in Germany: March 2, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley In Scotland : March 3, 1960 : Prestwick Airport in Scotland
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Fort Dix : March 3, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Sergeant Elvis Presley Back in the USA : March 3, 5, 6 and 7, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Press Conference at Graceland : March 7, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos 'Holiday On Ice Company' Visiting at Elvis Home March 12 and 13, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Rainbow Rollerdrome : March 19, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Nashville : March 20-21, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis at the rear of a train enroute to Miami : March 21, 1960 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Miami : Hotelroom : March 22, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Sheila Riddell : March 24, 1960 Fontainebleau Hotel
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special' : March 1960 New page link

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fort Worth, Tx Train Station, April 19, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : On the Train and arriving in Los Angeles California, April 20, 1960 to film G.I. Blues

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Princesses Margrethe of Denmark, Astrid of Norway, and Margaretha of Sweden

July

Elvis Presley Photos Boating at McKellar Lake : July 8, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Rollin' in the rocket : Elvis Presley & Anita Wood July 11, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos It's Now Or Never / A Messof Blues : Pick Of The Week : July 16, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Photos and Video : Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and George Burns : July 26, 1960 Elvis Presley Video

August

Elvis Presley Photos Letter to Colonel Parker from actor George Burns

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse : September 12, 1960

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 24, 1960 : Arkansas State College and the Man of the Year Award New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hospital, Memphis : October 16, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fairgrounds Amusement Park Memphis : October 26, 1960

The Movies Of 1960

Elvis Presleys Movies 1960, GI Blues, Paramount
Elvis Presleys Movies 1960, Flaming Star, Twentieth Century Fox
Elvis Presleys Movies 1961, Wild In The Country, Twentieth Century Fox

The Movies In Photos

Elvis Presley Photos The G.I. Blues Recording Sessions : April 1960 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley on the set of G.I. Blues : Paramount 1960
New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The G.I. Blues : Publicity Photo Sessions
New page link
Photos Flaming Star New page link
Photos Wild In The Country New page link

DVDs : Movies

DVD G.I. Blues
DVD Flaming Star

CDs

CD Elvis Is Back! 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD G.I. Blues 2 CD FTD Special Edition [Volume 1]
CD His Hand In Mine 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Cafe Europa : The Complete G.I. Blues Sessions 4 CD Deluxe Set

Books

Book Welcome Home Elvis [FTD Release with CD]
Book From Memphis To Hollywood Hardcover Book
Book The Elvis Files Vol. 3 1960-1964 : Hardcover Book
Book Elvis Portraits

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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