57 years ago, on 19th December, 1956, much like thousands of others, Elvis Aaron Presley was given his marching orders and told he was required to serve his country.
The mega-star, at the height of his career, experienced a fierce battle between his record company and the government, who attempted to thrash out a deal that would see him take part in ‘Special Service’.
Taking matters into his own hands, ‘The King’ signed himself up as a regular soldier (No. 40-86-35-16.). It was announced on 4th January, 1954 – the date of his 22nd birthday – that he would be fully drafted later that year as a category 1A soldier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley’s_Army_career – (Wikipedia)