Via Stars and Stripes:
A special exhibition featuring newly recovered photos of Elvis Presley’s time as a soldier in Germany nearly 60 years ago has opened at a museum near the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr.
The exhibit at Grafenwoehr’s Culture and Military museum, which opened Saturday and includes newly discovered pictures, documents and over 30 witness accounts, highlights Elvis’ military career. This includes his stay at Grafenwoehr, where Pfc. Presley conducted maneuver training, just as thousands of soldiers still do today.
Birgit Ploessner, the curator who came up with the idea for the exhibit, told Stars and Stripes that intensive research had uncovered new facts connected with the King’s time here.
“For a long time it was believed that Elvis was just twice in Grafenwoehr,” Ploessner said. But a book the museum recently found showed that Elvis was not just in town from November to December 1958 and in January and February 1960, but also in March 1959.
Some of the new photos of Elvis’ time in Grafenwoehr include him playing the guitar to entertain fellow soldiers and signing autographs for locals.
Local historians studied the photos and determined the buildings Elvis was in, many of which are still standing. They include a barracks in Camp Aachen and the post movie theater where Elvis met a local German girl, who he proceeded to have a short romantic fling with. The theater is still used by soldiers and families.