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sábado, 26 de septiembre de 2009

Sgto Elvis Aaron Presley 1r Batallón, 32º regimiento de la armadura, 3ª división acorazada, Friedberg, Alemania

Sergeant Elvis Aaron Presley1st Battalion, 32d Armor Regiment, 3d Armored DivisionRay Barracks, Friedberg, Germany.

















Pensamos hacerlo sargento porque era el lider del pelotón. " No puedo olvidar que Elvis eligió servir en una unidad de combate. Si otros quieren sostener que el lo hizo asesorado por su agente, el Coronel Tom Parker, que creía que sería bueno para el público, es su opinión. Pero yo no lo creo. Aparte de que nuestro batallón podía haber ido a la guerra en cualquier momento contra los Soviéticos, esos son los riesgos diarios en una unidad de combate. ... Elvis tiró de su peso. El utilizó la cabeza e hizo su trabajo bien. El era uno de nosotros. Y el consiguió el respeto y la amistad que dió a cada uno. En varias ocasiones, vi el carisma de Elvis que pienso que habría haber podido hacer que le siguieran a combate, como hizo que millones de jovenes lo siguieran con su música".

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Thoughts on Sergeant Presley from his Platoon Leader
"I simply cannot forget that Elvis chose to serve in a combat unit. If others want to argue that he did so because his agent, Colonel Tom parker, thought it would be good for public relations' purposes, that's their opinion. But I don't believe it. Aside from the fact that our battalion could have gone to war with the Soviets at any time, there are real risks every single day in a combat unit. ... Elvis pulled his weight. He used his head and did his job well. He was one of us. He cared about us. And he got back the respect and friendship he gaveeveryone else. In several instances, I saw sparks of leadership in Elvis that made me think he could have induced men to follow him into combat, just as his music caused millions of young people to follow him."


William J. Taylor, Jr., PhD, Colonel USA Retired
Author, Elvis In The Army, Available at most large bookstores, or by mail order from Presidio Press,P.O. Box 1764, Novato, CA 94948-1764.
Comments of notable others on the book Elvis In The Army:
"An army is made up of soldiers, all kinds of soldiers, some are famous, some are not so famous. "Elvis in the Army" is a first-hand story about one of those soldiers, Elvis Aaron Presley, who served his country well. A goodread!"--Edward C. Meyer, General USA (Ret.), former Chief of Staff,U.S. Army

"Reading about Elvis Presley's service with the United States Army, one has to realize what a remarkable young man he was. A well-told account of an important segment of the life of an American music legend. --Hal Durham, President, Grand Ole Opry.

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