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Private Steve McQueen was confined for being absent without leave, Lieutenant Clark Gable's cameraman enlisted with him and Private Elvis Presley was a public relations headache for the army, according to US military documents released today.
"Elvis Presley will not be released in a manner different from any other inductee serving overseas," the army's adjutant general wrote to citizens who complained following reports that the rock 'n' roll icon would get an early "good behaviour" discharge.
When he entered the army at Memphis, Tennessee, on March 24, 1958, there was a public outcry from his fans, and protests flowed to Washington, including a hand-written plea released by the National Archives and Records Administration.
The archives also released military records on movie legend Humphrey Bogart, US President John F.Kennedy, author Jack Kerouac, aviator Charles Lindbergh, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and baseball great Jackie Robinson.