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Remembrance set for man who helped bring the Missouri and Bowfin here

The community is invited to attend a remembrance for Harold B. Estes at 5 p.m. July 9 aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Estes, a retired Navy chief boatswain’s mate credited with helping bring the Missouri and USS Bowfin submarine to Hawaii, died May 17 on Oahu at the age of 96.

The Honolulu Council of the Navy League of the United States, Navy Region Hawaii Chief Petty Officers and the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. are organizing the remembrance.

Those wishing to attend the memorial must RSVP in advance at: http://bit.ly/EstesMemorial.

Born in 1914 in Oklahoma, Estes enlisted in the Navy in 1934. He served aboard the USS California, USS Iuka II, USS Henrico, and a variety of other ships and shore stations.

After retiring as a chief boatswain’s mate, Estes and his wife, Doris, moved to Hawaii in 1963. Those who know him say Harold Estes’ 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.

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