Elvis swaps mansion for Army living (1958)

Original publication: The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah) Date: March 24, 1958
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Elvis swaps mansion for Army living

Elvis Presley swapped his plush $100,000 mansion for an Army barracks Monday after he breezed through a physical examination and was officially inducted into the Army.

The 23-year-old former truck driver, weighing in at 185 pounds and measuring 5 feet 11 inches tall leaves behind a career that he began as a truck driver and rolled into a million dollar business singing rock ‘n’ roll.

Presley was assigned Army serial number US53310761.

Elvis’ mother and father were permitted inside the examining station and posed with their son for pictures. It took less than three hours for the singer to be officially inducted into the Army at $78 a month.

The former truck driver who skyrocketed into an orbit of adoration by the younger generation admitted he was nervous.

Ironically, when the time came for the teenage rock ‘n’ roll idol to go to his draft board for induction, the loyal fans were absent. At the gates to the Presley’s $100,000 mansion and at the local draft board, only officials and a dozen newsmen were on hand to witness the passing of Presley from civillian to military life.

Presley answered the roll call at his downtown Main and Beale draft board. He drove there behind the wheel of a big black Cadillac, accompanied by his mother and a friend.

Presley wore black boots, black trousers, a grey jacket, blue shirt.

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Source publication: The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Publication date: March 24, 1958

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