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Elvis and LaVaughn in Germany

Elvis Presley and LaVaughn Moody

 

Hey, here is a little history for you. Being from West Tennessee everyone has that cousin or brother-in-law that ran into this guy one time. Well, here is one of my photos from days gone by, when I was stationed in Germany with someone you might recognize.

 

My daughter Rhonda, wrote the folowing article which appeared in the Buffalo River Review, Thursday August 25, 1977 Linden TN.

 

"My Dad and Elvis"

by Rhonda Moody

For the past few days there have been news reports, close-ups, commentaries and moments of silence honoring and remebering Elvis Presley and his life. Every piece of news seems to be cherished in the hearts of those who were caught up in the magic of his music. I would like to add a small part to this large colection.

 

As everyone knows, Elvis was in the United States Army. He was stationed in Fort Hood, TX, for basic training for approximately six months, March through August of 1958. It was during his stay at Fort Hood that his mother passed away. My dad LaVaughn Moody, was also stationed there during the same months.

 

After basic training, during the month of September, Dad was transfered to Friedburg, Germany to a small Army post of about 3,000. About two weeks later Elvis was also transfered to this post. However, instead of living in the barracks on the post, he lived three miles away in Badnoheim with his father and grandmother. Elvis was in the 32nd tanker unit and my dad was in the 27th Artilery. Elvis drove a white British sports car to and from the base. Dad would see him almost every day during their 18 months in Germany. Dad recalls several incidents involving Elvis and his months in Germany.

 

"He'd play touch football with some of the other men, and many times the men would prefer just to talk to Elvis before and after work." "I recall one evening after work when Elvis was starting home, his car wouldn't start, and several of the boys tried to help him but had no luck. Other transportation was provided for him."

 

"One morning as Elvis was walking by the 27th Artillary barracks, a soldier yelled, "You aint nothing but a hound dog." Elvis stopped, turned around, pulled his cigar out of his mouth, and waved.

 

"One morning, says Dad, "I was on the third floor of a building painting a window, when a group of teenagers came by and asked if I knew where Elvis was. I told them I did not, but his car was at the other end of the building. They walked off hoping to see Elvis.

 

"Dad once said, "Elvis was a regular fella, and was always willing to stop and talk. He was friendly with his fellow servicemen." I hope these few paragraphs are added to the story of Elvis, and will live in the minds of people just as he will.