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Letter to Obama From 95 Year Old WWII Veteran Harold B. Estes

• via email from Fred Smart
The Harold B. Estes letter is confirmed. 

For the past few days an email has circulated with a letter reported to be from Chief Boatswain’s Mate Harold B. Estes who served onboard the USS Missouri and other posts during World War II.

We have learned that Chief Boatswain’s Mate Estes is a real person who does, indeed, reside in Hawaii. He is a well-known figure in Hawaii having a record of service to his community after service to his country.

If you have not read the e-mail, here is what it says:

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

” We’re no longer a Christian nation”

” America is arrogant” – (Your wife even

announced to the world,”America is mean-

spirited. ” Please tell her to try preaching

that nonsense to 23 generations of our

war dead buried all over the globe who

died for no other reason than to free a

whole lot of strangers from tyranny and


I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.

You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.

And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

I e-mailed the editor of Fore and Aft Magazine and received, in part, this reply:

I have known Harold for many many years, and I can personally vouch for the letter, and that Harold B. Estes did indeed author and mail the letter you reference to the president and also to about 50 or so VIPs on his mailing list. He told me personally what he was up to before it went in the mail, and some of those on his list who’ve received a hard copy of same have even shown me theirs!

Please give his correspondence the widest possible circulation you can and encourage others to perform the same.

Rick Terwilliger
Fore ‘n Aft Magazine

The letter from Chief Boatswain’s Mate Estes is real and sent by a real person.

7 Comments in Response to

Comment by Alan Miner
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Wow! Great letter Chief.

My father was a lifer in the Army and is now in Punchbowl and I think he along with many others would be very proud to see what you have written and stand for.

Mahalo Chief. 

Comment by Jan Reddick
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Thanks Harold. You're my hero, along with my dad, also a WWII Navy vet. I'd vote for Harold Estes for President any day. Jan Reddick Texas

Comment by jay vinton
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 I also live on Oahu, and Mr. Estes indeed exists and thrives.   He was on the news last night because even the people of Oahu had doubts to his authenticity. He's there, he's alive and he's right.

Comment by James Wolfe
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Outstanding letter, Master Chief! Thank you, for the letter and for your service to OUR country!

Comment by Greg Kennedy
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Harold - I'm proud to be an American and you are one of the reasons why. Thank you !!

Comment by Tamara Carroll
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Thank you, Harold, for your excellent letter.  I sincerely hope Obama reads it.  Its a little "iffie" though since he didn't notice the two million people standing on his front lawn. 

Comment by Richard Stone
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 Give em hell Harry! You are a true patriot and I wish there were more people with your courage and conviction, we very much need them if this country is to survive.

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