Presley, Elvis (1935 – 1977)
Army training equipment list for “Elvis A. Presley”—signed an amazing seven times
An extraordinary document signed seven times ‘Elvis A. Presley’, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8″ x 11″, dated between April 28–September 3, 1958.
Form DA–10–102, an initial issue organisational clothing and equipment record belonging to ‘Presley, Alvis. A., US 53310761’, consisting of alphabetized lists for ‘Articles, Organizational Clothing, Quartermaster’, ‘Organizational Equipment’, ‘Post, Camp and Station Equipment’ and ‘Other Services’, with correlating issued and turn-in dates. Each section includes an ‘Authorized Allowances’ field, with the ‘Quartermaster’ section also featuring sizes for various articles, including: ‘Overshoes, 1, 10 1/2’, ‘Shirt, Field, Wool, 2, M’, ‘Shoes, Athletic, 1, 10 1/2’, ‘Supporters, Athletic, 1, M’, ‘Trousers, Field, Wool, 1, 30 x 31’, ‘Trousers, Shell, Field, 2, 30 x 31’, ‘Hood fld jacket, 1, M’, ‘Liner fld jacket, 1, M’ and ‘Jacket FLD, 1, M/R’. The concluding ‘Other Services’ field includes: ‘Ordnance: Carbine, USCAL 30–M–1, 1, SER#3591134, Magazine, Carbine M–1, 6’, ‘Chemical: Mask Gas w/ carrier, 1’ and ‘Medical: Packet 1st Aid, 1’.
Signed vertically at the bottom of the fourth page in blue ballpoint by Presley a total of seven times, each signature corresponding with the above issue date. Countersigned four additional times by Presley’s commanding officer. In generally fine condition, with scattered creasing and handling wear, and small areas of paper loss along intersecting folds.
Between March 28 and September 17, 1958, Presley completed his basic and advanced military training as a member of Company A, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 37th Armour, while stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. As trying as his training was, the death of his mother on August 14th devastated Presley, who was afforded an extended leave of absence during his bereavement.
Not long after his return to Fort Hood, Presley was sent overseas to Germany as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor, service which lasted from October 1st 1958, until March 2nd 1960. Germany had a profound effect on his life and career — he met his future wife Priscilla, was introduced to amphetamines, and as a result of his generous patriotic service, earned the respect of an older generation of Americans, many of whom had previously viewed him in a negative light.
Featuring an unprecedented total of seven signatures, this phenomenal military form offers unique insight into perhaps the most formative period of Presley’s life.