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KonaPaul
12-09-16, 11:00 AM
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In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed Public Law 85-344 that allowed the PWMC to raise money on the Navy’s behalf for the construction of a memorial to the Arizona. However, the project quickly stalled as donations dried up. By the start of 1960, only $155,000 had been raised. The drive was in desperate need of a swift and hard kick.

“Colonel” Tom Parker read about the struggling campaign in a newspaper and spotted an opportunity. As Elvis Presley’s manager, he was eager to get a bit of positive publicity for his client who had been out of circulation for a couple years after being drafted into the U.S. Army. Parker surmised that a benefit concert for the USS Arizona Memorial would raise much-needed awareness of the fundraising campaign while also demonstrating that Elvis still had drawing power. Elvis was not only pleased to be able to perform for an audience, he was a patriot who genuinely believed in the cause and wanted to help.

Below is a link to the full story and an audio recording of his full concert.
https://news.usni.org/2016/12/07/elvis-helped-save-uss-arizona-memorial

Rattlesnake
12-15-17, 12:43 AM
I am very PROUD and GRATEFUL Elvis Presley did this for our veterans and our nation.

Semper Fi,