At OOIDA, it’s Truckers for Troops week and we are telling stories.
One of our favorites comes from OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956. He was a boilerman and spent four years stationed on four different ships: two troop ships, an ammunition ship and a survey ship. One of those troop ships was the USS Randall.
Aboard the Randall, Jim went from Brooklyn to Germany and back, moving GIs. One of those GIs on the Randall at the same time as Jim was U.S. Army Private Elvis Presley, who sailed for Germany in September 1958. Elvis was serving as part of the 3rd Armored Division, and at 23 was probably the most famous man alive.
So did Jim ever see Elvis on the ship? Meet him? What was Elvis like as a soldier? If you catch “Land Line Now” on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Central time on the Road Dog Channel 128 – you’ll hear Jim himself tell the Elvis story.