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Battle of Ealen IV
Hong was assigned to Fireteam Bailey, along with Dunn, Jones, and Paul DeMarco. In March of 2558, Hong, the rest of Fireteam Bailey, and Fireteam Jackknife, were assigned to escort and provide security for Fleet Admiral Terrence Hood and Kaidon Thel 'Vadam on a diplomatic mission to Ealen IV. While Commander Palmer and Fireteam Jackknife accompanied the delegates, Hong, DeMarco and the rest of Bailey stayed back to act as overwatch. As Hood and 'Vadam were negotiating with the Jiralhanae Chieftain Lydus, the Covenant remnant broke into the chamber and attacked the delegates. Despite facing heavy resistance from Covenant forces, DeMarco and Fireteam Bailey managed to clear a path for the delegates and escort them to a nearby parts depot. Once everyone was inside, DeMarco sealed the depot to halt the oncoming Covenant forces.
As the party attempted to escape the storage depot, DeMarco, Hong and the rest of Bailey were ordered to secure the area and escort the delegation to an old fortified redoubt. Soon after their escape, they were intercepted by a Covenant Lich. After a brief skirmish with the Covenant leading to the destruction of the Lich, DeMarco and Bailey stayed with the delegation as Fireteam Jackknife and the delegation's bodyguards left to ensure that the redoubt was safe to use as shelter.
At the battle's climax, DeMarco and Fireteam Bailey was forced to stay behind in order to secure the lives of Lord Terrence Hood, Arbiter Thel 'Vadam, and Chieftain Lydus. The Spartans manually operated a Cheru-pattern Tyrant to cover the ambassadors escape. Hong warned DeMarco of an approaching Elsedda-pattern Banshee, however DeMarco held his ground and continued to provide fire support. He and the rest of Spartan's sacrifices would be commemorated at a memorial service aboard Infinity. Despite their apparent sacrifice, Hong, Dunn, and Jones all survived the assault through unknown means.
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