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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.

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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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January 1958

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March

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June

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August

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October

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November

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