USS ESTES AGC-12
USS Estes AGC/LCC-12
Amphibious Force Command Ship
17th Annual Reunion
September 24th thru 27th, 2003
Sheraton Waterside Norfolk, VA
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary
Korean War July 27th, 2003
The U.S.S. Estes Association Welcomes You
God Bless America
The First Time: September 3rd:
On this day in 1777, the American flag was flown in battle for the first time, during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Gooch's Bridge, Maryland. Patriot General William Maxwell ordered the stars and stripes banner raised as a detachment of his infantry & calvary met an advance guard of British and Hessian troops. So for this special act we ask for your prayers for all our service members now in harms way, an for all of those brave men and women who have gone into battle under this flag to meet the enemies of this great nation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Wed: Sep 24/03:
Arrivals & Room Check-in begins 3:00pm
5:00pm Hospitality Room Opens
Pick-up reunion packets and sign in
Your memorabilia should be displayed in
The Hospitality Room is "FREE" for your
10:30pm Hospitality Room Closes.
Thu: Sep 25/03:
9:00 - 10:30am: Hospitality Room Open
10:30 - 11:30am: On your own to make
We will board the vessel as a group for
The luncheon has been paid for so any
2:00pm (approx): Return to pier and you are
3:00 - 10:30pm: Hospitality Room is Open
Fri: Sep 26/03:
9:00 - 11:00am: Hospitality Room is open.
12:00 - 3:00pm - Claremont Room - 4th Floor
After lunch the business meeting will be held
During this period we will also sell cash raffle
If you have not acquired your gift for the raffle
5:00 - 10:30pm - Hospitality Room open.
Planned activities for the day will only take up part
Sat: Sep 27/03:
9:00 - 4:00pm Hospitality will remain open.
Please bring your gift raffle items to the
If you have memorabilia in the hospitality
6:00pm: Riverwalk Restaurant / First floor
Respects to Departed Shipmates & others.
Open time for audience remarks & comments.
11:00pm: Concludes Reunion 2003 Program.
|1987- Cincinati, Ohio|
|1988 - Louisville, Kentucky|
|1989 - Annapolis, Maryland|
|1990 - Estes Park, Colorado|
|1991 - Charleston, South Carolina|
|1992 - San Diego, California|
|1993 - Nashville, Tennessee|
|1994 - Newport, Rhode Island|
|1995 - Carnival Caribbean Cruise|
|1996 - Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|1997 - Biloxi, Mississippi|
|1998 - Tucson, Arizonia|
|1999 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|2000 - Reno, Nevada|
|2001 - Bloomington, Minnesota|
|2002 - Washington, DC|
Capt. Wallace H. Bender, 01635566, US Army, Commanding Officer, Signal Detachment aboard the U.S.S. Estes, AGC-12: Is hereby recognized for his command and leadership duty during WWII operations at Iwo Jima and Okinawa during the period 1944 - 45, Pacific Theater of Operations. He is further awarded lifetime membership in this association.
Awarded September 27, 2003
The U.S.S. Estes Association (AGC/LCC-12)
Shipmates: Noah Joyner & Paul Colins
Sailed this vessel in the Carribean for seven (7) days
Korean War Service Statistics
Deaths by year
|Year||All Deaths||% of Total|
|1950 (6 mo)||14,650||40%|
|1953 (7 mo)||3,592||3%|
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