Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rare Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley in 1960, When He Was Leaving the Army and Returning to the States

Here's a series of photos showing Elvis Presley, along with his 15-year-old girlfriend, Priscilla Beaulieu, in Germany on the day he left for the States (March 2, 1960), and Elvis again at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he landed on March 3, sans Priscilla. He was officially discharged from the Army on March 5.

These pictures, by LIFE photographers James Whitmore and Al Fenn, capture a moment in Elvis’s life when he was poised to remind everyone who might have doubted it that, despite two years of taking orders, he was ready to again be the King.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley at a press conference before leaving Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley at a press conference before leaving Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley at a press conference before leaving Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley at a press conference before leaving Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley peers out of the window of the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley leaves the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis Presley's grandmother and Priscilla Beaulieu leave the house that Elvis and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley leaves the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis and Priscilla leave the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis and Priscilla leave the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis and Priscilla leave the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis and Priscilla leave the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Priscilla Beaulieu, Germany, March 1960.

Priscilla Beaulieu waves to Elvis as plane takes off from Germany for U.S, March 1960.

Sgt. Elvis Presley prepares to leave Germany, March 1960.

Priscilla Beaulieu is escorted from the tarmac after saying goodbye to Elvis, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fans congregate at the house in which Elvis and his family lived, shortly after he left the house for the last time, Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fans, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fans, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fans, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley arrives at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fans, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley arrives at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fan, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley fan, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.


Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley (and, at right, actress Tina Louise) at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

Elvis Presley at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shortly before his discharge from the U.S. Army, March 1960.

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