Elvis Presley Left His Mark in Friedberg, Germany

Most people of my generation do remember that the rock, country, and gospel icon Elvis Presley was once stationed with the U.S. army in Germany. The town itself was Friedberg, and he lived at Ray Barracks. Later on, he would move to Bad Nauheim.

Gernot, a friend of mine, gave me his friendly permission to share this photo, which shows the Elvis Presley Square in Friedberg. From there, it is only 1.3km to Ray Barracks, and 4.2km to Bad Nauheim (his later residence).

Elvis-Presley-Platz in Friedberg, Hessen

For more details and photos of Friedberg, Nauheim and Elvis’s time in Germany, you might want to visit: German Way. Recommendable.

Street Art by Markus Janista, Oberursel

Yes, I do enjoy looking for his art works around the town. While downtown this past Saturday, we passed this one near the Epinay Platz. Markus’s specialty had been covering up the ugly power distribution boxes in Oberursel until his untimely death in 2017.

Art by Markus Janista

Honoring Colonel Charles B. King at Camp King, Oberursel, on V-E Day 2020

A small token of remembrance – flowers and candles have been put in front of the monument dedicated to Colonel Charles B. King at Camp King, Oberursel on 8 May 2020.

Camp King in Oberursel, Germany

For the past 25 years, we have lived next to the former military base Camp King in Oberusel, Germany. When we moved here, I had no idea how involved I would get someday with Camp King and its history.

When I saw these badges for sale, I bought two of them – one for my personal collection, and one for our Camp King Arbeitskreis (research group).

These badges, among many others, can be ordered from kasernepatches. Some proceeds of each patch goes towards Veteran Help Programs donations.

You can also contact them at: kasernepatches@gmail.com

Street Art by Markus Janista, Oberursel

While on walk around the neighborhood, I discovered another street art project by Markus Janista (†), a local artist.

This one is located in the street Heinrich-Kappus-Weg, behind the former U.S. Officers’ Club at Camp King in Oberursel

Art by Markus Janista a.k.a. Canister

Ms. Heidi Decher, associated with the Historical Society in Oberursel, is also on the lookout for more of his art works. If you spot any by Markus Janista, which is not in her portfolio yet, please share them with her.

View her present collection here: https://www.ursella.info/files/Markus_Janista_Canister_Graffiti_Vita_H_Decher_2020_03_25.pdf

Contact Ms. Decher at: heididecher@online.de

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