Elvis Presley did two years of military service, but he is not a veteran. He did not serve in a theatre of combat.
His mother’s fear of flying and an aversion to deep ocean combined with a refusal by Col. Tom Parker to allow Elvis to be in the Celebrity PR service and entertaining the troops.
Elvis Presley served on the ground in Germany on the Russian border during the Cold War.
One time on a war games exercise, Elvis and his troop crossed into Russia, quickly returning to Germany. Imagine that PR coup!
While Elvis did not do his reservist duty post service, he did do a benefit concert so American had the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
The Army changed him from Elvis the rebel rocker to Patriot Presley – then he was Professional Performer Presley – conquering movies in the 1960s as he did the charts for radio in the 1950s; then, in the 1970s, he set the charts for concert attendance – rather than touring the world – being Vegas’ first Artist in Residence – where the world came to him.
Elvis Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960.
Elvis Presley as a Soldier in West Germany: 1958-1960. When Elvis Presley walked off an army troop ship in Bremerhaven, West Germany on October 1, 1958, ….. The first movie Elvis made after his military service is set in West Germany.
May 22, 2016 – Presley’s concert, held at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard Bloch Arena, … there was a plaque with Elvis‘ contribution, it was removed in 1987 by the …
Elvis Presley at Pearl Harbor Memorial (photo from private collection Jeffrey …. Sadly, the plaquewas removed due to the acts of a few powerful “non-Elvis fans” …