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
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.
Received draft notice in Memphis, TN.
Was subsequently inducted on March 24, 1958, and processed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Total time on active Army duty: 2 years, 3/24/58 – 3/5/60.
Spent 6 months at Ft. Hood for basic & advanced training (under 2nd Armored Division) prior to Germany.
While at Ft. Hood, his mother, Gladys, dies unexpectedly on August 14, 1958.
MOS 133.60 at discharge (armor intelligence specialist, or ‘scout’).
Could drive, load, and shoot an M-48 Patton battle tank, but he served as jeep driver and recon. scout.
Promoted to Sergeant E-5 on 1/20/60 at Tank Range 42 at Grafenwoehr.
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’.
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.
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.
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