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By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
February 10, 2018
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Lonnie Wolfe was just a 17-year-old running away from home when he joined the U.S. Army in the late 1950s.

Little did he know he would be sharing close quarters with every teen girl's heartthrob - Elvis Presley.

After basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and advanced training in Texas, Wolfe was deployed to Freidburg Germany, in 1959 with the 3rd Armored Division.

Wolfe was assigned to one of 13 jeeps in his armory as a driver. Each jeep carried three soldiers, including the driver, who would go on reconnaissance missions.

In Wolfe's jeep was Sgt. Elvis Presley and another soldier.

Lonnie Wolfe and Elvis Presley.
Lonnie Wolfe and Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller.
Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller.

Elvis Presley and Lonnie Wolfe.
Elvis Presley and Lonnie Wolfe.

Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller complete the three man recon.
Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller complete the three man recon.

Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller.
Elvis Presley, Lonnie Wolfe, and machine gunner SP4 Hall Miller.

Elvis Presley in the U.S. Army, relaxing with a guitar.

Elvis Presley.

Lonnie Wolfe: 'He never could get away from people. Once when we'd been in the field for two months, the Company Commander asked us all to clean up. Poor Elvis didn't quite make it into the barracks without being spotted by some cleaning women. They followed him upstairs right into the shower-room and a bunch of guys from privates all the way up to the Colonels joined the parade too. Right when he was taking a shower, people were shoving pieces of paper under the water for him to sign. But he was laughing about it...

Elvis Presley.

Elvis liked the military life because he was treated just like everybody else', Wolfe said. 'He said he'd give up everything just to life a normal life'.

Elvis Presley, with hand gun, in the U.S. Army.

Elvis Presley, with hand gun, in the U.S. Army.

The Lion and the Hillybilly Cat

Ray Barracks also housed the 2nd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery. Their mascot was a lion. According to Lonnie Wolfe the three photos of Elvis with the lion cub as seen below were taken in Friedberg, Germany in late 1959.

Elvis Presley| The Lion and the Hillybilly Cat.

Elvis Presley| The Lion and the Hillybilly Cat.

emorial Hospital. There, Elvis was assigned army serial number 53 310 761. After being processed and sworn in, Elvis said his good-byes and Private Presley was bused with the others from Memphis to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for further processing. There, he received his famous G.I. haircut and coined the phrase 'Hair today, gone tomorrow', in a comment to the news media. He was assigned to the Second Armored Division's 'Hell On Wheels' unit (formerly led by General George Patton) and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Note! Elvis Presley : Kennedy Veterans Hospital : January 4, 1957

Note! Elvis fan letter to President Eisenhower

Note! Elvis Presley Graceland + Army Induction at the Draft Board office : March 24, 1958

Note! Elvis Presley and Colonel Parker : Fort Chaffee : March 25, 1958

Note! Elvis Presley : June 1, 1958 : Outside Graceland

Note! Elvis Sails: Brooklyn Army Terminal September 22, 1958

Note! Elvis Aaron Presley : In The U.S. Army 1958-1960

Note! Elvis Presleys BMW 507 : December 21, 1958

Note! Elvis Presleys Red BMW 507 : August 1959

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Photos : Elvis Presley In The U.S. Army 1958-1959

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley: Grafenwoehr November 28, 1958

Note! Elvis celebrates the halfway mark of his army stint with an Over the Hump Party : March 27, 1959

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Ray Barracks, Germany, October 2-3. 1958

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Ritters Park Hotel in Bad Homburg, Germany, first weekend of October 1958

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Photos : Elvis in the U.S. Army 1958-1960 : Elvis In Paris

Note! Vera Tschechowa and Elvis Presley

Note! Elvis Presley : December 25, 1959 : Christmas In Germany

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Rare Photos - Elvis in the U.S. Army 1958-1960

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Elvis in the U.S. Army : Photos In Colour

Note! Original article : 3d Armored Division Co-Stars with Elvis

Note! Elvis wanted to be just one of the GIs

Note! Elvis, The Army & Colin Powell

Note! The G.I. Blues of Elvis Presley : General Colin Powell on Elvis Presley the soldier and patriot

Note! Sergeant Elvis Presley : Germany : Monday February 29, 1960

Note! Elvis Presley March 1, 1960 : Sergeant Presley Preparing To Go Home

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Priscilla Beaulieu : March 1, 1960 Note

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Priscilla Beaulieu : March 2, 1960 Note

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu during their final moments in Germany : March 2, 1960

Note! Elvis Presley In Scotland : March 3, 1960 : Prestwick Airport in Scotland

Note! Elvis Presley at Fort Dix : March 3, 1960

Note! Sergeant Elvis Presley Back in the USA : March 3, 5, 6 and 7, 1960

Note! Elvis Presley : Press Conference at Graceland : March 7, 1960

Extra pages not in the tour

If included above, marked with Note.

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Priscilla Beaulieu : March 1, 1960

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Priscilla Beaulieu : March 2, 1960

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Photos : Elvis Presley in the U.S. Army 1958-1960

Note! Discharge Order : Scout Platoon : 32nd Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Division : March 3, 1960

Note! Elvis Presleys U.S. Army Dept. of Defense (DD) : 214 Form

Note! Photo of Elvis Presleys Scout Platoon, Headquarters, 32nd Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Division

Note! Elvis Presley Photos Rare pictures from the LIFE archives (43 photos)

Note! Elvis Remembered in December 2012 issue of the 2nd Armored Division's 'Hell On Wheels' 'Bulletin'

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