The Second Platoon was a Colonial Militia unit of Harvest. The platoon was stationed close to the cities of Utgard and Gladsheim on Harvest. Second Platoon was led by Staff Sergeant Nolan Byrne and consisted of 36 Colonial Militia recruits, divided in three squads of twelve recruits each.
On December 23, 2524, the Harvest militia began training for recruits, in order to handle internal security operations against the Insurrectionists, who were causing instability across UNSC-controlled space with terrorist attacks aimed at civilians. There were two platoons established; First Platoon and Second Platoon. Each platoon had been split into three squads, with twelve recruits in each.
The recruits of Second and First Platoon were trained for approximately three months when on February 9, 2525, they "graduated" from the Colonial Militia Training and were shown footage of the battle between their squad leaders against unknown aliens. Two days later, a pack of Jiralhanae from the Covenant arrived in a diplomatic meeting, in which the recruits provided security. However, a fight ensued, and Osmo, a member of First Platoon, was killed in the fighting.
On February 22, 2525, the platoons were stationed in Utgard while Staff Sergeants Johnson, Byrne, and both platoons were sent to prevent the Covenant attack on Gladsheim, except for both Charlie Squads. However, they were too late and the town was destroyed and its population was slaughtered, except for one resident.
As the battle on Harvest progressed, the militia split to perform two operations. The first, led by Johnson, was a volunteer operation to secure the space-borne Tiara platform to ensure civilians evacuating in cargo freighters would safely leave the planet. The operation was successful at the cost of seven militiamen's lives. During the same time period on the ground, Byrne and 2nd Platoon, along with anyone from 1st Platoon who did not volunteer with Johnson, defended the AI Mack's data center. Three Jiralhanae Choppers attacked and killed several militiamen, but they were all destroyed and three other members were killed, two at the hands of Vorenus.
After doing as much as they could, the Colonial Militia of Harvest evacuated the planet along with civilians. The fate of the surviving members is unknown, though it is presumed they joined the UNSC Marine Corps during the Human-Covenant War.
- Staff Sergeant Nolan Byrne - Platoon leader
- Second-Alpha Squad
- Second-Bravo Squad
- Critchley - Squad leader; status unknown
- Second-Charlie Squad
List of appearances
- Halo: Contact Harvest (First appearance)
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 173
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 121
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 66
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 223
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 238
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 257
- Halo: Contact Harvest, pages 289-297
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 368
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 361
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 385