Graceland Honors VetRewards Members
On March 24, 1958, Elvis was inducted into the United States Army at the Memphis Draft Board and assigned serial number 53310761. On March 25, at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he received his indoctrination exam and traditional, military, G.I. haircut in front of 55 media photographers. Elvis commented to the crowd, “Hair today, gone tomorrow.”
Elvis received basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. Private Presley was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood and received advanced tank instruction. Elvis completed his basic training by the end of May. He earned a marksman's medal and was classified as a sharpshooter with a pistol. Elvis also was named acting assistant leader of his squad. Elvis was stationed there for six months and his parents joined him at a temporary home near the base.
To salute our troops and to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ U.S. Army military service in 2018, Graceland has partnered with Veterans Advantage for an exclusive 13.5% discount on the “Elvis Experience Tour.” This includes an audio-guided tour of the Graceland Mansion and orientation film, plus exhibits showcasing Elvis' career, his automobiles, his wardrobe, his gold records and much more from the Graceland Archives.
VetRewards Card 13.5% Discount at Graceland's "Elvis Experience Tour"
To salute Veterans Advantage's active duty, retired and veteran members enrolled in VetRewards, and to commemorate Elvis’ U.S. Army military service, Graceland has announced exclusive 13.5% ticket discounts with the "Elvis Experience Tour" for active duty military, veterans, National Guard & Reservists and their families presenting their VetRewards Card.
The “Elvis Experience Tour” includes an audio-guided tour of the Graceland Mansion and orientation film, plus exhibits showcasing Elvis' career, his automobiles, his wardrobe, his gold records and much more from the Graceland Archives. Elvis Presley’s Memphis also includes a newly-expanded "Private Presley" army exhibit, which takes a look at the memorable sights and sounds of his service in the U.S. Army which began in 1958.
The “Private Presley” exhibit will take an in-depth look at Elvis’ military service, including letters from Elvis’ manager Col. Parker to the Army asking for a deferment to allow Elvis to complete filming of “King Creole,” letters from the Army regarding press access to Elvis, his original Army footlocker, the dress that his mother Gladys wore at his induction ceremony, and more. Fans can also learn about how Col. Parker kept Elvis’ career alive while he was serving in Germany and see items from Frank Sinatra’s legendary “Welcome Home, Elvis” 1960 ABC television special.