USS Missouri Sailor Reenlisted by Elvis Impersonator

Story Number: NNS120902-02Release Date: 9/2/2012 12:12:00 PM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- A USS Missouri (SSN 780) Sailor enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime when he was reenlisted by an Elvis impersonator at the MGM Grand Hotel at Foxwoods Resort concert, Sept. 1.

Although only 26 years old, Electronics Technician First Class (SS) George Melton, of Modesto, Calif., has been a life-long fan of Elvis and wanted to make his reenlistment something to remember. The concert also coincides with the 35th anniversary of Elvis' passing.

"I have always been a fan of Elvis," said Melton, who has served in the U.S. Navy for nearly seven years. "I have read a lot about Elvis and admire how he literally came from nothing to become this American icon."

Melton sports an Elvis tattoo on his left forearm and has an English Bulldog named Elvis.

Elvis Impersonator Bill Cherry recited the oath of enlistment during Melton's ceremony at the Legends in Concert. Lt. j.g. Jarred Johnson, also assigned to USS Missouri, served as Melton's reenlistment officer. Melton reenlisted for another four years.

"Elvis is an example of the American dream, and he was extremely patriotic, something I admire," said Melton, who hails from a family of military service.

"Including my grandfather and father, I have relatives who served our country dating back to the Civil War," said Melton.

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