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          Gene's favorite fighter plane was the famed P51, pictured here with Colonel Gene Barksdale.




         Gene getting ready to take off in a trainer at DeWhitt Spain Airport - 2009 CAF sponsored event.




               From left to right: John Helms, Gene Barksdale, Rick Bell at DeWhitt Spain

              Airport in downtown Memphis the day of the CAF air show for the 2009

              Memphis in May Sunset Symphony Air Show. The P51, Shown here, was Gene's

              favorite Warplane of all the planes and jets he flew in WWII.





              Gene at DeWhitt Spain Airport in downtown Memphis the day of the CAF air show for

              the 2010 Memphis in May Sunset Symphony Air Show. Gene is pictured here in front

             of a Russian Yak Fighter.




                             This is a graphic that my good fiend, John Helms did for me a few years ago.




This is one John put on my birthday card.






                Louise Mandrell shindig at Operyland USA         My Alaskan Cruise on The Diamond Princess, 2004





Gene and his long-time friend, Dr. John Shea, founder of Shea Hearing Clinic in Memphis, Tn.






Gene and Elvis


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Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum Revolver Serial No.688344

Elvis A. Presley purchased the pistol mention above Nov. 6, 1970 from Kerr's Sporting Goods in Beverly Hills, Calif. The pistol has leaf and scroll engraving outlined by sweeping borders of inlaid gold and silver with carved ivory handles and bearing the serial number 688344. Five images of animals including, a Bear, a Bobcat, a Moose, a Mountain Lion and a Puma are inlaid in gold. The ivory grips are carved with a Deer on one side and an Antelope on the other.

The artist of the Frederick Wilhelm Heym Company of Germany executed the engraving. The pistol comes with a custom-made leather zipper case with Elvis's name tooled on it. Also, the original Firearms investigation report and Registration Paper showing the Serial Number and signature of Elvis A. Presley from the Beverly Hills Police Department are part of the provenance with this pistol.

    There are 4 photos of Elvis with the gun. There are numerous articles in several books regarding Elvis giving the pistol to Vice-President Spiro Agnew on December 01, 1970. The pistol has tremendous historical value due to the fact it was given as a gift to Vice-President Spiro Agnew. Vice-President Agnew returned the pistol to Elvis because he was under investigation for wrongful acts. The provenance is as good as it can get. The pistol was later given to the Sheriff of Shelby County, Sheriff Gene Barksdale. The value of this artifact is almost priceless.

Having pictures, signature on registration, and historical inferences to accompany this pistol makes it truly a one-of-a-kind piece. I swear and affirm that this pistol is original and authentic; that Elvis Presley gave it to Sheriff Barksdale in December 1976 and that Sheriff Barksdale gave it to me. That it has been in my sole possession since Sheriff Barksdale gave it to me and I am the sole and rightful owner of this pistol


This booklet contains copies of all documents required by the “Shelby County Sheriff’s Department” in order for Elvis to be commissioned a “SPECIAL DEPUTY” in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Elvis Presley was intrigued by law enforcement and had a desire to be more involved with the Shelby County Sheriff Department as a “Special Deputy”. As Adm. Assistant to Sheriff Barksdale, my duties and responsibilities included the administration of the “Special Deputy Program”. It was an honor for me to be involved in the commission of Elvis A. Presley as a Special Deputy.

Special deputies are commissioned by the Sheriff and have full police powers, including a written directive authorizing the individual to carry a weapon pursuant to the Tennessee Code Annotated 39-4902. Elvis had to successfully complete a suitable training period for the use of firearms and be knowledgeable regarding safety precautions related to the use of firearms before he could be commission.
This booklet contains copies of a written application; an affidavit of agreement, a request for training, a directive authorizing the carrying of a weapon, a surety bond, and the commission or oath of office signed by Elvis A. Presley. These documents are filled out in long hand by Elvis and contain personnel information relating to him.

It is my pleasure to share Elvis Presley’s Special Deputy Commission papers with you.Thomas B. Morgan Jr.

To purchase the ELVIS PRESLEY “SPECIAL DEPUTY” Booklet please E-mail me at The price is $12.99 plus $3.95 shipping and handling - money orders or certified check accepted.



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" Special Deputy Sheriff Badge # 3"

Shelby County Sheriff Roy Nixon issued this badge to Elvis Presley on Oct. 10, 1970 when he commissioned Elvis a "Special Deputy". This was the first badge and commission that extends full police powers to the holder. It also authorizes you to carry a weapon pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-4902.

The badge is star shaped, gold in color, and has 6 points on it. There is a ribbon across the top of the badge and over the state seal inscribed with Special, on the bottom point of the badge is a tab with number 3 inscribed on it. This was a standard issues badge for "Special Deputies".

At a later date Elvis gave this badge to Charlie Hodges when he was issued a Chief Deputy Badge. In Oct. 1976, I issued Charlie a Lieutenant's Badge in return for his # 3 badge. He left my office happy with his new Lieutenant's Badge and I was happy with Elvis' old # 3 badge given to me later by Sheriff Barksdale.


I swear and affirm that the forgoing item is original and authentic and was given to me by Sheriff Barksdale. This Badge has been in my sole poossession from that datein Oct. 1976 until today and I am the sole and rightful owner of this Badge.
Witness my hand this__________ day of __________ 2007.

Thomas B. Morgan Jr.
















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