Elvis Presley Army years

For 50 years: Elvis Presley Induction into the US Army

Elvis Aaron Presley entered the United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958, and then spent three days at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. He left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964.

During his active military career Elvis Presley served as a member of two different armor battalions. Between March 28 and September 17, 1958, he belonged to Company A, 2d Medium Tank Battalion, 37th Armor, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. During this assignment he completed basic and advanced military training.

Presley’s overseas service took place in Germany from October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960, as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor. For the first five days of that period he belonged to Company D of the battalion, and thereafter to the battalion’s Headquarters Company at Friedberg.

While in Germany Elvis Presley wore the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 3d Armored Division.


6 Responses to Elvis Presley Army years

  1. Berlin: AlliiertenMuseum – SONDERAUSSTELLUNG 2008 – Sergeant Elvis Presley in Deutschland 1958 – 1960

    07. Mai 2008 – 18. Mai 2008

    Am 1. Oktober 2008 jährt sich zum 50. Mal jener Tag, an dem der US Soldat Elvis Presley seinen Militärdienst in Deutschland antrat. Das AlliiertenMuseum, Berlin, zeigt aus diesem Anlass eine Sonderausstellung…

  2. Tyler says:

    Bet he hated the army. I did! Entertainers dont make good soldiers.

  3. Dawood says:

    The quote of John Lennon: “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” says it all about that great artist of all times. Here I’ve tried to collect all notable tributes paid to Elvis Presley by peers:


  4. cpocarroll says:

    not all people hate the army

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