Have You Heard The News  (International)

(Photo by Petra Roberts - Friedberg�s Mayor Michael Keller, left, and former Elvis Presley barracks-mate David Bailey examine photos of the King during Bailey�s visit to Friedberg and Ray Barracks in Germany)

Former Soldier recalls service time with Elvis.

A walk through of Friedberg and Ray Barracks in Germany by a recent visitor brought back memories of time spent with fellow Soldier Sgt. Elvis Presley.

The tourist, former Pfc. David Bailey, first came to Germany in March 1958 as a young draftee. He arrived in Bremerhaven on a troop ship and served in Friedberg for 17 months before returning stateside to be honourably discharged.

Bailey, now a retired judge from Missouri (accompanied by his wife Betty) said he decided only a few weeks ago to revisit Germany to see Ray Barracks once more before the installation�s official return to host nation officials.

��Elvis and I were in the same building � our bunks side by side,� said Bailey during his visit to Hanau and Friedberg. ��Back then, there were no partitions. The building was one big sleeping room with 28 bunk beds in it, big enough to hold our platoon.�

Bailey and Presley served with a scout platoon from Company A, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 3rd Armoured Division � also known as the Spearhead Division. ��We met during basic training in Texas, and I was happy to see him again. When I left Germany on Jan. 8, 1960 [Elvis� birthday], he was the last person I saw.�

Bailey began his trip down memory lane at the Ray Barracks front gate � the same gate he often drove through either in his unit jeep or his own 1951 Opel. From there he went directly to his former troop billets in Building 3707.

��We all called him �Prez,�� said Bailey, recalling his former friend and the time he spent with Elvis on scout missions, manoeuvre exercises and other memorable events.

��Around Christmastime, Elvis received a truckload of boxes [with sweets] from fans all over Germany everyday, but would not eat them. The boxes were stacked along the walls, up to the ceiling. We had a ball eating sweets everyday, reading the fan�s letters,� Bailey said, adding that the pop singer did enjoy fruitcake. ��My mother had sent me [one] for Christmas, and everyday Elvis cut a slice until it was gone.�

The old part of Ray Barracks also brought back memories for Bailey, as he asked about some buildings located across from the main gate. ��They were not there then ... this was an open field.�

As part of his visit, Bailey learned how Army life has changed since he served in Germany more than four decades ago. Bailey and his wife visited Hanau�s 64th Replacement Company on Pioneer Kaserne, at the invitation of Dr. Robert Schloesser, garrison manager, and his wife Joyce, a volunteer at the welcome centre.

Joyce Schloesser took the Baileys even further back in time with a visit to the B�dingen castle, where the princess herself, who runs the family business, gave them an exclusive tour. ��I have never been to Germany and truly enjoy visiting such a historical, beautiful castle,� said Betty Bailey.

Members of Bad Nauheim�s Elvis Presley Fan Club were also very interested in sharing memories with the former Friedberg Soldier and learning historical titbits about the pop idol.

��Elvis drove a white BMW, but often got into my old 1951 Opel, disguising himself by wearing my field jacket and pulling his hat deep over his face so that he could leave post and get by all the fans waiting outside the gate,� Bailey recalled.

2008/03/08  By Petra Roberts USAG Hessen Public Affair -

Posted:  9th. March 2008 

HomeArchive (International)

雪茄| 雪茄烟网购/雪茄网购| 雪茄专卖店| 古巴雪茄专卖网| 古巴雪茄价格| 雪茄价格| 雪茄怎么抽| 雪茄哪里买| 雪茄海淘| 古巴雪茄品牌| 推荐一个卖雪茄的网站| 非古雪茄| 陈年雪茄| 限量版雪茄| 高希霸| 帕特加斯d4| 保利华雪茄| 大卫杜夫雪茄| 蒙特雪茄| 好友雪茄

古巴雪茄品牌| 非古雪茄品牌

Tomtop| Online shop| Online Einkaufen

IT Support| POS label| System Integration| Software development| label printing| QR code scanner| wms| vending machine| barcode scanner| SME IT| it solution| rfid tag| rfid| rfid reader| it outsourcing| IRLS| inventory management system| digital labelling| barcode label| Self Service Kiosk| Kiosk| Voice Picking| POS scanner| POS printer| System Integrator| printing labels| Denso| inventory management| warehouse management| Business service| vending| mobile app development| terminal handheld| printer hong kong| thermal printer| thermal label printer| mdm| mobile solutions| mdm solutions| mobile device management

banner| Backdrop| Bannershop| Ebanner| Eprint| foamboard| hk print| hong kong printing| Printing| backdrop| print100

Beauties' Secret|

DecorCollection European design furniture| sofa hk| sofas| beds| coffee tables| dining tables| dining chairs| sideboards| furniture hk| Cattelan Italia| Koinor

Addmotor Electric Bike| Electric bike shop / electric bicycle shop Electric bike review| Electric trike| Fat tire electric bike| Best electric bike| Electric bicycle/E bike| Electric bikes for sale| Folding electric bike| Electric mountain bike| Electric tricycle Mid drive electric bike|

地產代理/物業投資| 租辦公室/租寫字樓| 地產新聞| 甲級寫字樓/頂手| Grade A Office| Commercial Building / Office building| Hong Kong Office Rental| Rent Office| Office for lease / office leasing| Office for sale| Office relocation

Hong Kong Grade A Office Rental

Jardine House| Admiralty Centre| One Island East| One Kowloon| The Center| World Wide House| United Centre| Exchange Square| Ocean Centre| Lippo Centre

Wycombe Abbey| private school hong kong| English primary school Hong Kong| primary education| top schools in Hong Kong| best international schools hong kong| best primary schools in hong kong| school day| boarding school Hong Kong| Wycombe Abbey School

edm| Mailchimp| Hubspot| Sendinblue| ActiveCampaign| SMS| 邮件营销| 電郵推廣| 邮件群发软件| Email Marketing| 搜尋引擎優化 SEO

xiaomi m365| XT175| xiaomi Roborock S50| Wltoys| VISUO XS812| Vernee T3 Pro| Ulefone Power 5| SJCAM SJ8 PRO| Rowin WS-20| MXQ PRO| MJX Bugs 5W| JJPRO X5| hubsan h501s x4| hohem isteady pro| Feiyu Tech G6| Bugs 5W| anet a8 3d printer review| andoer| amazfit bip| Viltrox EF-M2| Tronxy X5S| SONOFF| LEMFO LEM8| lemfo lem4 pro| LEMFO| koogeek| Hubsan| Creality Ender 3| ammoon