Elvis Presley military serviceSeptember 12, 2018
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.
Having completed his advanced tank training, Elvis was about to commence his basic unit training, but it quickly became clear that his mother’s condition was serious. On August 12 the Army granted him emergency leave. #Elvis headed straight for the hospital, and when his mother saw him she appeared to rally. However, during the early hours of Thursday, August 14, 1958, with #Vernon by her side while Elvis was at home, Gladys Love Presley succumbed to a massive heart attack. She was just 46. It was a blow from which Elvis would never fully recover.
On March 5, he was officially discharged from active duty and donated his Army #pay to #charity. He also purchased TV sets for the post and bought new uniforms for his colleagues at the #Army base.
Thanks to his decision to build an Army career, he will be remembered not only as a great performer with many talents but also as a respected soldier of the U.S. Army.