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Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. His arrival was a major media event. Hundreds of people descended on Presley as he stepped from the bus; photographers then accompanied him into the fort. Presley announced that he was looking forward to his military stint, saying he did not want to be treated any differently from anyone else: "The Army can do anything it wants with me." Soon after Presley commenced basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, he received a visit from Eddie Fadal, a businessman he had met on tour. According to Fadal, Presley had become convinced his career was finished-"He firmly believed that." But then, during a two-week leave in early June, Presley recorded five songs in Nashville. In early August, his mother was diagnosed with hepatitis and her condition rapidly worsened. Presley, granted emergency leave to visit her, arrived in Memphis on August 12. Two days later, she died of heart failure, aged 46. Presley was devastated; their relationship had remained extremely close--even into his adulthood, they would use baby talk with each other and Presley would address her with pet names. After training, Presley joined the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, on October 1. Introduced to amphetamines by a sergeant while on maneuvers, he became "practically evangelical about their benefits" - not only for energy, but for "strength" and weight loss, as well - and many of his friends in the outfit joined him in indulging. The Army also introduced Presley to karate, which he studied seriously, later including it in his live performances. Fellow soldiers have attested to Presley's wish to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame, and to his generosity. He donated his Army pay to charity, purchased TV sets for the base, and bought an extra set of fatigues for everyone in his outfit. Elvis Presley is shown in uniform at company D 1st Battalion 32nd U.S. Army Armour at the barr

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FILE - This Tuesday, July 1, 2014, file photo shows the Lisa Marie, one of two jets once owned by late singer Elvis Presley, which is part of the Graceland tourist attraction in Memphis, Tenn. Priscilla Presley is asking fans of her late ex-husband Elvis Presley to “please calm down” after a report that the jets could be removed from Graceland. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

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Jenna Bush Hager, a special correspondent for NBC's "Today" show, addresses fans before Canadian singer David Thibault, 16, performs Elvis Presley songs during an annual birthday celebration at the Automobile Museum at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Yalonda M. James)

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Canadian singer David Thibault, from left, TVand radio personality Wink Martindale, Knox Phillips and Jenna Bush Hager cut a cake to honor the birthday of the late Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Yalonda M. James)

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Sandi Boutwell, of Lafayette, La., kisses Canadian singer David Thibault, 16, while he takes a break from performing Elvis Presley songs during an annual birthday celebration for the late singer at the Automobile Museum at Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he died Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Yalonda M. James)

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FILE - This 1972 file photo shows Elvis Presley, the King of Rock "n" Roll, during a performance. The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million. Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo, file)

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FILE - This 1972 file photo shows Elvis Presley, the King of Rock "n" Roll, during a performance. The former Beverly Hills home of the late Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is up for sale for a cool $12.9 million. Real estate website operator Trulia says the home hit the market Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo, file)

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NBC-TV broadcast Elvis Presley in concert during the latter part of his career. Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, but his estate has announced it has authorized holograms of his performances to be produced to mimic live appearances. (NBC-TV via Associated Press)

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Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Rio, right, of Brazil, poses for a photo with Brandon Bird, 8, of Manhattan, Ill., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010 in Memphis, Tenn. Presley fans from around the world are at Graceland, Presley's Memphis home, for the annual nighttime procession past his grave on the eve of his death. Presley died at the home Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Pat Parker, right, of Leeds, Ala., tells Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Rio, center, of Brazil, which way to look for a souvenir photo on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, in Memphis, Tenn. Waiting her turn to get her photo made with Rio is Carol Kelley, left, of Santa Rosa, Ca. Presley fans from around the world are at Graceland for the annual nighttime procession past his grave on the eve of his death. Presley died at the home Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Rio, right, of Brazil, poses for a photo with Brandon Bird, 8, of Manhattan, Ill., on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010 in Memphis, Tenn. Presley fans from around the world are at Graceland, Presley's Memphis home, for the annual nighttime procession past his grave on the eve of his death. Presley died at the home Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Elvis Presley fans hold candles on Elvis Presley Boulevard outside Graceland, his Memphis, Tenn., home, on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Elvis Presley fans from around the world flocked to Graceland on Sunday for the annual late night procession past the king of rock 'n' roll's grave. Presley died at his Graceland mansion Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Elvis Presley fans hold candles as they visit Presley's grave at Graceland, his Memphis, Tenn., home, on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Presley fans from around the world are at Graceland for the annual nighttime procession past his grave on the eve of his death. Presley died at the home Aug. 16, 1977. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)