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Harold Barton Estes
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Birth: Dec. 13, 1914
Oklahoma, USA
Death: May 17, 2011
Ewa Beach
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Harold B. Estes Memorial Scheduled for July 9

Pearl Harbor

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:

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.

Family links: 
  Doris Windle Estes (1914 - 2009)
WWII Korea
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
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
Harold Barton Estes
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Harold Barton Estes
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Chief,Thank you for your service and for standing up for our nation including sending your wonderful letter to President Obama. Fair Winds and Following Seas Chief. Set the watch!
- A. Reese - Navy Historian
 Added: Dec. 8, 2015
To your family; my deepest condolences and sympathy on the loss of your dad who exemplified what a real patriotic American should be like. My heartfelt thanks for serving unselfishly during all your Navy years. My dad wrote today that he practiced alot f...(Read more)
 Added: Nov. 23, 2015
Fair winds and Following Seas Chief. May you rest in peace!
- Larry McNair
 Added: Jun. 20, 2015
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