Nolan Byrne

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Nolan Byrne
Biographical information

Homeworld:

Earth

Born:

2400s

Died:

November 17, 2552[1]

Species:

Human

Gender:

Male

Hair color:

Black

Eye color:

Silvery blue

Political and military information

Affiliation:

UNSC Marine Corps

Rank:

Sergeant Major

 

Sergeant Major Nolan Byrne (service number 48780-19114-NB[1]) was a UNSC Marine and a possible SPARTAN-I.[2][3] He took part in Operation: TREBUCHET with Avery J. Johnson, until he was severely injured by an insurrectionist bomb. Byrne was then reassigned to the planet Harvest to train the local militia with Johnson.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Byrne was born in Ireland, on Earth at some point during the twenty-fifth century. While his life prior to his involvement in the Insurrection is largely unknown, it is known that he was familiar with Avery Johnson before working with him in Operation: TREBUCHET.[4]

Insurrection[edit]

"Nail the bitch, or I will!"
— Nolan Byrne urging Avery Johnson to shoot the Insurrectionist at the Jim Dandy diner

During the Insurrection, then-Staff Sergeant Byrne participated in Operation: TREBUCHET in 2524 leading Bravo Squad of a platoon of NAVSPECWAR marines alongside Staff Sergeant Avery J. Johnson. Their squads used Hornets to conduct air assaults on multiple targets in efforts to eliminate Rebel bomb-making factories. However, when a rebel (armed with a bomb) was cornered in a Jim Dandy restaurant, Byrne told Johnson to fire a M99 Stanchion Gauss rifle at an Insurrectionist holding a child hostage. Johnson did not have a clear shot at the rebel, which led to the boy's father tackling the female rebel, who then detonated her explosives, destroying the Jim Dandy restaurant and killing most of the Marines in Byrne's squad plus thirty-eight civilians.

Battle of Harvest[edit]

Main article: First Battle of Harvest

After recovering from his injuries, Byrne was reassigned, along with Johnson, to train the Colonial Militia on Harvest. He had felt great resentment at Johnson's hesitation on Tribute, and picked a fight with him as soon as he arrived on Harvest. Byrne had almost killed Johnson if Captain Ponder had not intervened. Their actual mission was to create a covert anti-insurgency unit, as revealed by ONI officer Lt. Cdr. al-Cygni, and to lay an ambush on insurgent forces suspected in the disappearances of DCS freighters around Harvest. However, he and Johnson fought four Jackals in the first battle between the UNSC and Covenant, on board the human freighter called This End Up, and they successfully defeated them. Byrne and Johnson (with the rest of the militia of Harvest) were also present at the initial negotiations between the Jiralhanae and the humans. They also fought Tartarus, Maccabeus and several Grunts. One militia soldier was torn apart by a Grunt, which sparked the firefight. As the conflict heated up, Byrne continued to defend the planet from Covenant hostiles and he received multiple injuries in the conflict. He managed to live through the battle, and was evacuated with Johnson, Jilan al-Cygni, and the rest of the Colonial Militia in a pod heading from the Tiara.

Death[edit]

Byrne, by this point a Sergeant Major, was killed in action during the Battle of Earth on November 17, 2552.[1]

Trivia[edit]

  • During the First Battle of Harvest, Byrne's call sign was Creeper.[5]
  • He is most likely HEV Orbital Drop qualified given the fact he has the same training as Johnson while in NAVSPECWAR.[6]
  • Byrne is one of two characters mentioned in the Halo series who is of Irish descent. There was also a Marine who appeared in the non-canon Halo E3 2000 Trailer.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint - Catalog Interaction: Page 23
  2. ^ Bungie.net Halo: Contact Harvest Prologue
  3. ^ The fight between him and Johnson "They made us killers"
  4. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest page 83; "I've known him a long time."
  5. ^ Halo:Contact Harvest, page 208
  6. ^ Halo:Contact Harvest, page 350