Elvis' army buddy Rex Mansfield passed away Sunday morning. He was 83.
Rex Mansfield was inducted into the Army on the same day as Elvis in March 1958 and went through basic training with him in Texas, traveled with him to Germany and became close friends for the next 18 months. Elisabeth Stefaniak (later Mansfield) was a young German girl in 1958 and was hired to answer Elvis' fan mail. Elisabeth became romantically involved with Elvis but was torn between her love for Elvis and her love for Rex – and she eventually chose Rex and they married in 1960.
Both Rex and Elisabeth Mansfield were special guests at Elvis Week this year at the 'Elvis Presley Fan Club Presidents’ Event'. While Rex seemed older he did was energetic and talked with fans as he signed copies of his book. That was only 2 weeks ago, so his death is a real shock. Rex was a class act, a very fine gentleman. RIP Rex Mansfield - Another sad loss to the Elvis World.