"Elvis - destination Friedberg" Friedberg by Maria250

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Friedberg was once a free imperial city with a Baroque Castle that was built in about 1400. The Castle is set on a green hill in a very beautiful garden, and it's ringed by Friedberg's lovely houses which form a charming circle around the castle. On a nice walk of about ten mns away from the Castle, can Friedberg's main station to be found.

Out of Ft. Hood, Elvis got stationed in Friedberg, Germany October 1958 for about two years. He lived on an off-base residence shared with buddies from Memphis in Bad Nauheim near Friedberg. January one year later Elvis was interviewed on his twentyfourth birthday by D. Clark via transatlantic telephone. Elvis found his fans in Europe to be as enthusiastic as those in America. Colonel Parker kept Elvis's career alive. He had Elvis recorded prior to departing for his Army Service. Five of these releases got hit records. November in the same year Captain Beaulieu was transferred from Texas to Wiesbaden Air Force Base accompanied by his wife and stepdaughter Priscilla. Through a mutual friend Priscilla was invited to a party at Elvis's off-base home. They meet, and the rest is history...

January 1960 Elvis was promoted to Sergeant. A few months later
in New Jersey Elvis was officially discharged from active duty. He took a train back to Memphis. Huge crowds of fans were everywhere. Elvis had served his country just like any other soldier with no special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him. These two years away from his career have been a time to mature. Elvis had his first post-army recording and filming session in 1960. His movie "GI Blues" was partly filmed in Friedberg at *Ray Barracks where Elvis was stationed with the 3d Armored Division. The movie is a sort of comedy melodrama with singing Elvis acting for the most parts in his 3d Armored Division uniform. December 1962 Priscilla flew from Germany to visit Elvis first time after his army discharge. She later moved from Germany to Grace Land. Another four years and she became Mrs. Elvis Presley. *1LT Bernard J. Ray was PLT leader of the 8th Inf.

In my Father's house are many mansions.
If it were not true He would have told me so.
He has gone away to live in that bright city.
He's preparing me a mansion there I know.
Jesus died upon the cross to bear my sorrow.
Freely died that souls like you might have a new life.
But I know that soon there'll come a bright tomorrow,
when the world will all be free from sin and strife.
Do not shun the Saviors love from up in glory,
or you won't be there to sing the gospel story.
In my Father's house are many mansions.
If you're true then to this land you'll surely go.
-Elvis Presley

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  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    I relate to earnest Hemingway...ecucated...RIGHT thoughts...and I have boxed the ears off nitwits(like Earnest did)at a bar... who support Geo Bush..did it recently..did what was RIGHT!..hehehe

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2005 at 6:40 AM

    Wow, this is sensational information about Elvis and his stay in Germany. Oh, my teenage years were made so much finer when Elvis "hit the Rock N' Roll Scene" Thanks for trip down memory lane.


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