Король рок-н-ролла в армии США. Фото-альбом великого дембеля!
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Король рок-н-ролла в армии США. Фото-альбом великого дембеля!

5 марта 1960 года со срочной военной службы в армии США был уволен сержант Элвис Пресли. Король рок-н-ролла был призван в ряды вооруженных сил в марте 1958 года, будучи к тому времени уже всемирно известным певцом и актером. Американское военное ведомство, понимая уникальный статус призывника, предложило Элвису проходить службу в рядах Special Services. Эта особая структура в составе американской армии была создана в годы Второй мировой войны и занималась организацией развлекательных мероприятий для личного состава. Согласившись на такое предложение, Пресли мог бы отслужить всего шесть недель, пройдя базовую подготовку призывника, а затем продолжить обычную жизнь, несколько раз в год отвлекаясь на турне по американским военным базам по всему миру. Военно-морской флот и вовсе предложил Королю создать «роту Элвиса Пресли», укомплектованную его друзьями и знакомыми. Но, взвесив все «за» и «против», Элвис по совету своего продюсера Тома Паркера решил проходить срочную службу обычным солдатом.

24 марта 1958 года новобранец Пресли принял присягу в военном лагере Форт-Чаффи в штате Арканзас. До сентября он учился на танкиста на базе Форт-Худ в Техасе, после чего был отправлен в Фридберг в Западной Германии, где проходил службу в американской 3-й танковой дивизии. Впрочем, нельзя сказать, что рок-звезда в полной мере разделяла все тяготы и невзгоды армейской жизни с другими солдатами-срочниками — вскоре после прибытия в Германию Элвису разрешили жить в гостинице за пределами воинской части. При этом однополчане отмечали, что, несмотря на свою известность, рядовой Пресли вел себя как обычный и достаточно способный солдат. Также он запомнился щедростью: свое армейское денежное довольствие жертвовал на благотворительность, купил для своего подразделения несколько телевизоров и даже приобрел дополнительные комплекты боевого обмундирования для своих сослуживцев.

20 января 1960 года, незадолго до увольнения из рядов вооруженных сил, Элвис Пресли был произведен в сержанты.

Часть 1. Призывная комиссия и присяга by Wolfgang Wild

1958 Elvis Joins the Army Private Presley reporting for duty by Wolfgang Wild

March 1958

Wearing only underwear, U.S. Army Pvt. Elvis Presley (3L) raises his arms along with several other inductees at Fort Chaffee, Ark.

Image: Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

From the age of 23 to 25 — March 1958 to March 1960 — Elvis Presley was a soldier in in the United States Army. His monthly pay was $78 — plus $1,000 from his record company.

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Extraordinarily, different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces had vied with each other to secure Elvis as a serving member. The Navy offered to form an «Elvis Presley» company, created exclusively from Elvis’ friends and men from Memphis. As an added incentive, he would be given his own private quarters and would perform in Las Vegas.

Elvis Presley measures in at 6 feet 1/2 inch during pre-induction physical examination at Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis.

People were expecting me to goof up. I was determined to prove otherwise.

Elvis Presley

Army barber James Peterson takes care of business with his most famous soldier at Fort Chaffee reception center.

Elvis Presley clad only in his skivvies as an Army doctor conducts his pre-induction physical at Kennedy Veterans Hospital.

The Army offered a post that would allow Elvis to tour U.S. Army bases around the world, in an effort to improve troop morale and bolster recruitment numbers. The Pentagon also offered him the chance to join Special Services, which would mean he would not have to undergo regular soldier training but would still be able to entertain the troops.

Elvis declined all these offers and enlisted as a regular soldier. He was initially scheduled for induction in January 1958, but received an extension to finish filming of the movie «King Creole.»

He reported for duty on March 24, 1958. News reporters called it «Black Monday.»

Despite the media descriptions, Elvis’s recording career hardly missed a beat. During a two-week leave, he recorded five songs. And his record company, RCA, produced a steady stream of unreleased recordings during that time.

Altogether, Elvis strung together 10 Top-40 hits during his months in the service.

Elvis tries on his Army boots, but stays sharp in plaid sport coat and slacks at Fort Chaffee.

Elvis gets a shot from an Army doctor during his pre-induction physical at Kennedy Veterans Hospital.

Still in the plaid sport coat, Elvis is sworn into the U. S. Army by Maj. Elbert Turner.

His hair shorn, Elvis adjusts his new uniform after his induction at Fort Chaffee.

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This was a very significant period in Elvis’ life. While away in Germany, his mother died, and he met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, later to become his wife, Priscilla Presley. It was also the first and only time he left North America.

Elvis in newly issued Army fatigues & jacket.

Private Presley heads for the barracks.

Часть 2

Часть 3

Vernon, Elvis & Gladys Presley March 24, 1958

Vernon, Elvis & Gladys Presley March 24, 1958

Elvis, kisses his mother goodbye before reporting to the Memphis Draft Board,where he and twelve other recruits are inducted into the US Army. Elvis was assigned army serial number 53 310 761.

Flanked by his parents, Gladys & Vernon, Elvis Presley reported for Army duty to the Draft Board office in the M &M Building at 198 South Main about 6:30 a.m. March 24, 1958. After undergoing processing and a physical at Kennedy Veterans Hospital, he and other inductees would board a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas later that afternoon. By the 28th, Elvis arrived at Fort Hood, Texas where he would undergo six months training before shipping off to Germany. His mother would die before he completed training.

Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958. ‘There’s not much difference between this and making a movie’, he said. ‘In Hollywood, you have to get up at 5 a.m. and be on the set at 6. The only different thing here is that you don’t have a limousine’. After reporting for duty about 6:30 a.m. at the Draft Board office in the M&M Building, 198 South Main, he and other inductees would spend much of the day at Kennedy Veterans Hospital for processing and physicals before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

By the 28th, Elvis arrived at Fort Hood, Texas where he would undergo six months of basic training before shipping off to Germany. (Robert Williams / Copyright, The Commercial Appeal)

Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958. ‘There’s not much difference between this and making a movie’, he said. ‘In Hollywood, you have to get up at 5 a.m. and be on the set at 6. The only different thing here is that you don’t have a limousine’. After reporting for duty about 6:30 a.m. at the Draft Board office in the M&M Building, 198 South Main, he and other inductees would spend much of the day at Kennedy Veterans Hospital for processing and physicals before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

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By the 28th, Elvis arrived at Fort Hood, Texas where he would undergo six months of basic training before shipping off to Germany. (Robert Williams / Copyright, The Commercial Appeal)

Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army. After reporting for duty about 6:30 a.m. at the Draft Board office in the M&M Building, 198 South Main, he and other inductees would spend much of the day at Kennedy Veterans Hospital for processing and physicals before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. By the 28th, Elvis arrived at Fort Hood, Texas where he would undergo six months of training before shipping off to Germany. ‘There’s not much difference between this and making a movie’, he said. ‘In Hollywood, you have to get up at 5 a.m. and be on the set at 6. The only different thing here is that you don’t have a limousine’

Elvis Presley is sworn in on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958.

Maj. Elbert P. Turner adminstered the oath.

Above, Elvis’ Army Swearing In — Directed by Mayor Elbert Turner — Draft Board Memphis Tennessee

The U.S. Army provided a box lunch for Elvis Presley and other inductees the day they reported for duty.

Elvis Presley and fellow inductee Farley Guy (right), an old friend from Lauderdale Courts who was also inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958.

Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958.

Elvis Presley on the day of his induction into the army March 24, 1958. Miss Judy Spreckels and Miss Anita Wood (next to Elvis) were among those to see him off.

Elvis leaving downtown Memphis on the bus that will take him to Kennedy Veterans Hospital.

Часть 4

Photos by Loomis Dean, Life magazine photographer.

Часть 5

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Комментарии

  1. Молорик,был поистине народным американцем,как все прошел на тот момент еще обязательную службу в армии ,не отмазался,поэтому имел огромный успех среди масс и во Въетнаме срочники его слушали и уважали.

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