Elvis Presley in the 2nd Armored Division

 

Elvis in rare home movies with the Hell on Wheels 2nd Armored Division patch

Elvis was first in the 2nd Armored Division and was later switched to the 3rd Armored Division, below are details on his Army Service.

Basic Summary Of Elvis Presley’s Army Career

General Points In Germany, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Friedberg. Served with the Division from 10/1/58 to 3/1/60.

General Points Received draft notice in Memphis, TN.

General Points Was subsequently inducted on March 24, 1958, and processed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

General Points Total time on active Army duty: 2 years, 3/24/58 – 3/5/60.

General Points Spent 6 months at Ft. Hood for basic & advanced training (under 2nd Armored Division) prior to Germany.

General Points While at Ft. Hood, his mother, Gladys, dies unexpectedly on August 14, 1958.

General Points MOS 133.60 at discharge (armor intelligence specialist, or ‘scout’).

General Points Could drive, load, and shoot an M-48 Patton battle tank, but he served as jeep driver and recon. scout.

General Points Promoted to Sergeant E-5 on 1/20/60 at Tank Range 42 at Grafenwoehr.

General Points Was supervised at press and other events during his 17 months with the 3rd Armored by Capt. John Mawn of Division PIO. In August, 2002, Mawn (of Fort Smith, Arkansas) was quoted as saying, ‘My job was to make sure that Presley didn’t screw up at press and public appearances. And, you know what, he never did’.

General Points Rented a house in Bad Nauheim, Germany, at 14 Goethestrasse while assigned to Friedberg. Granted off-post status, as his grandmother and father lived with him and were designated as dependents.

General Points On September 13, 1959, met Priscilla Beaulieu, the teenage step-daughter of an Air Force captain stationed at Wiesbaden AFB. They met at Elvis’ home in Bad Nauheim, where she had been invited to a party through a mutual friend. They would eventually marry on 5/1/67 and divorce in 1973.

 

To see the picture of Elvis with the Hell on Wheels patch click here 

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