This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The King and His Throne

Guy in the Store the other day was a retired Army Captain who at one time was stationed in Grafenwohr, Germany.  I asked him if the Elvis stall was still there and he confirmed that it was.  Here's the story.

When he was in the Army stationed in Germany, Elvis spent some time at a training base Grafenwohr, Germany that I am familiar with.  Elvis was in the 3rd Armored Division.  I was stationed in Germany in the 1st Armored Division and my Battalion would go for a month or two of training "in the field" as they called it. 

The highlight at Graf was a gold painted latrine stall where Elvis had written his initials and ETS (Estimated Time of Separation) from the Army on the wall.   I often joke that the closest I have ever gotten to the rich and famous was this toilet stall/Elvis encounter.
I tried Googling info on this but putting in "Elvis + toilet + Grafenwohr" just turned up a bevy of items about Elvis having died on a toilet (click here.)   All jokes aside (e,g. my title above) that sure wasn't any way for the King to have left this ole Heartbreak Hotel of life was it?

Here is Elvis and Juliet Prowse from G.I. Blues and note his Third Armored Division patch. Note too what he does at the 1:15 mark singing the words "lonely night." Makes me smile every time I hear it.  He does it again later in the song (1:55.)

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