The Elvis Presley Estate celebrated the Fourth of July with a patriotic photo. The kind of photo that is going to make every fan of The King out there smile.
The late music icon’s social media accounts shared a colored photo of Elvis during the time that he served in the military. The photo shows him driving a jeep dressed in his uniform.
Originally, Elvis Presley asked for a deferral for his two-year service. He was in the middle of filming King Creole and didn’t want the studio to deal with the financial strain if it had to be delayed.
Elvis was granted a deferral and was drafted on March 24, 1958, on a day fans called “Black Monday.”
He became a private and even cut his iconic hair. Originally, he was offered a role in the Special Service. If he would have taken it, he could have continued his music career and just wear a uniform as a formality. Meanwhile, the Air Force wanted him to go on a tour of recruiting centers to promote enlisting. Additionally, the Navy wanted to create an “Elvis Presley Company.”
However, Elvis Presley wanted to be a regular private soldier. Elvis believed that if he didn’t serve like everybody else it would have been “unfair.” He began his service as a truck driver and operating tanks. He then became a cavalry scout and was sent to Friedberg, West Germany. The King became a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor.
He was discharged on March 23, 1964, after leaving Fort Dix in New Jersey. During his time, he became an expert at the rifle ended his time served as a Seargent.
Elvis Presley on the Military in His Own Words
Despite his celebrity status, he wanted to stay under the radar and be treated like anyone else. However, he did believe that he had something to prove and to not make mistakes. All in all, he succeeded and completed his goal.
“People were expecting me to mess up, to goof up in one way or another,” he said according to “Elvis: Word For Word.” “They thought I couldn’t take it and so forth, and I was determined to go to any limits to prove otherwise. Not only to the people who were wondering but to myself.“