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20 December

Elvis is Drafted

Elvis in the Army

Elvis in the Army – flickr user Semilla Luz

Already the most well-known name in the entertainment business when he was drafted, Elvis Presley severed in the US Army from March 1958 to March 1960.  He was drafted on December 20, 1957.  He was not happy about it.  The Army, Navy and the Pentagon approached Presley with special offers, to do tours and cheer up the troops in different locations around the world.  These positions were considered “celebrity wimp outs”, and Presley wanted none of that.  He entered the war as a regular GI.  Presley was able to defer entering the war until after King Creole was filmed.

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