|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1914|
|Death: ||May 17, 2011|
Harold B. Estes Memorial Scheduled for July 9
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States, Navy Region Hawaii Chief Petty Officers and the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. invite the community to join family and friends in remembrance of retired chief boatswain's mate and honorary Pacific Fleet Command Master Chief Harold B. Estes on Saturday, July 9, beginning 5 p.m. aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Estes passed away May 17 on Oahu. He was 96.
Those wishing to attend the memorial must RSVP in advance at: http://bit.ly/EstesMemorial
Guests are asked to arrive by 4:45 p.m. Dress is aloha attire, or summer whites (or service equivalent) for those in uniform.
Local radio host Mike Buck will serve as the memorial's master of ceremonies, with anticipated remarks by: USS Missouri Memorial Association Chairman Emeritus Edwin L. Carter; Past District Governor of Rotary District 5000 and Past President of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Linda Coble; Alexander "Sandy" Gaston; Waikiki Baptist Church Pastor Andrew Large; retired U.S. Pacific Fleet Headquarters Command Master Chief Mo Radke; and the Grand Master of Masons in Hawaii. Ceremonial elements will include Masonic Funeral Rites, Change of the Watch, Old Glory presentation, rifle salute, echo taps and music by the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Quintet.
Born in 1914 in Oklahoma, Estes began a lifelong personal tradition of service when, in 1934, he first enlisted at age 19 in the U.S. Navy. Including service during World War II, he served aboard the USS California (BB-44), USS Iuka II (AT-37), USS Henrico (APA-45), and a variety of other ships and shore stations.
After retiring as a chief boatswain's mate, Estes and his wife, Doris, in 1963 moved to Hawaii and most recently lived in Waikiki until Doris' passing in 2009. While in the Islands, Harold's unique talent for motivating others became legendary in the Islands, particularly in Navy, Rotarian and Masonic circles. He is credited with reinvigorating the leadership and membership of the Honolulu Navy League, as well as helping to bring the USS Bowfin submarine and battleship Missouri to Hawaii (both iconic Navy vessels are now anchor members of the Pearl Harbor historic sites). Estes' commitment to the Sea Services continued, as he frequently volunteering his time and even regularly hosted sailors of the USS Russell (DDG-59) on shore leave.
In 2007, Adm. Gary Roughead, then-commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, promoted Estes to the honorary rank of Pacific Fleet Command Master Chief to recognize his decades of voluntary service as a Navy goodwill ambassador.
Doris Windle Estes (1914 - 2009)
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: Court 11, Wall P, Row 100, Niche 129
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31479, -157.84512
Created by: C. J. Hinds
Record added: Dec 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102681802