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Elvis in Vietnam

Mon May 26, 2003 2:38 pm

Since today is Memorial Day in the U.S. and Bob Hope's 100th birthday is this week; I was wondering, did Elvis ever express any interest in entertaining the U.S. troops in Vietnam? With his patriotism and his own military background, one might think that Elvis would have considered doing this. You could say that Elvis couldn't have because of the Colonel's "illegal alien/no passport" problem. But the Colonel would not have been needed. The show(s) would have been free, not regular ticketed concerts.

Mon May 26, 2003 2:44 pm

U S Male -

Never heard or read of Elvis expressing any opinion on Vietnam in any connection, let alone entertaining troops there.

Being from the 'John Wayne' school of ultra American patriotism, it is safe to assume he didn't agree with the anti-war movement.

Colin B

Mon May 26, 2003 3:06 pm

There's a factory in Vietnam that makes all of EPE's ELV1S Mobile Graceland ballcaps and t-shirts.

Mon May 26, 2003 3:14 pm

I think "being from the John Wayne school " is a little extreme. I have never read anything to suggest that that was the case.

Mon May 26, 2003 3:22 pm

Lonnie -

I came to that conclusion from comments he made to Nixon during their meeting.

Colin B

Mon May 26, 2003 3:24 pm

I have to agree with Colin on this one.
Take a look at Elvis' letter to Nixon.

Mon May 26, 2003 10:40 pm

He could have gone to Vietnam to entertain had he had the will.

As did Nancy Sinatra.

But he was wise to stay well clear of any political issues.

Tue May 27, 2003 5:31 am

Talk about a "Jungle Room"!!!!!!

Tue May 27, 2003 5:49 am

The only reference I know of to Vietnam Elvis ever made is in Too Much Monkey Business.
With regard to the Nixon letter I regard the content as mostly lip service to get what he wanted : A meeting with Nixon and the badge.

Tue May 27, 2003 3:41 pm


I don't agree. While I'm sure Elvis did his share of "lip service" to get what he wanted, I don't believe what he wrote in his letter was anything other than what he felt. Think about the circumstances surrounding the writing of this letter.
Anyway, here's the letter and the content written below:







Dear Mr. President.
First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Agnew in Palm Springs three weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc. do NOT consider me as their enemy or as they call it The Establishment. I call it America and I love it. Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help The Country out. I have no concern or Motives other than helping the country out.

So I wish not to be given a title or an appointed position. I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal Agent at Large and I will help out by doing it my way through my communications with people of all ages. First and foremost, I am an entertainer, but all I need is the Federal credentials. I am on this plane with Senator George Murphy and we have been discussing the problems that our country is faced with.

Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, Room 505-506-507. I have two men who work with me by the name of Jerry Schilling and Sonny West. I am registered under the name of Jon Burrows. I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a Federal Agent. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing where I can and will do the most good.

I am Glad to help just so long as it is kept very Private. You can have your staff or whomever call me anytime today, tonight, or tomorrow. I was nominated this coming year one of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Men. That will be in January 18 in my home town of Memphis, Tennessee. I am sending you the short autobiography about myself so you can better understand this approach. I would love to meet you just to say hello if you're not too busy.

Elvis Presley

P. S. I believe that you, Sir, were one of the Top Ten Outstanding Men of America also.
I have a personal gift for you which I would like to present to you and you can accept it or I will keep it for you until you can take it.
Last edited by elvis-fan on Tue May 27, 2003 4:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.


Tue May 27, 2003 4:04 pm

That letter is a classic!

Elvis sure lived in his own little world...

Keith Richards, Jr.


Tue May 27, 2003 4:04 pm

Good post Elvis-Fan!

Tue May 27, 2003 5:42 pm

You know, I hate the fact that pictures don't look right on my computer at work. I can never see what is behind the post when a picture is pasted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tue May 27, 2003 6:33 pm

Hey Genesim
Try going to Tools, Internet options, click the Advanced Tab, scroll down and make sure the check box next to Show Pictures is checked. You may already know this if so disreguard this message. :lol:


Tue May 27, 2003 6:38 pm

It is just a problem with my work computer. It is UNIX. I don't know crap about it. Though i did go into options couldn't find anything.

Tue May 27, 2003 8:11 pm

That letter is great, thanks...

Evan wrote: the only reference Elvis made to 'Nam was in Too Much Monkey Business.

Elvis made some jokes about 'Nam during his 69 and 70 Vegas season.

One of those along the lines of: The Vietnamese army is in the balcony!