Okinawa ShimaPharmacist’s Mate Second Class Halyburton landed with the Marines during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945. On 10 May, as his company attacked a significant objective, he moved in the open through deadly enemy machine gun, mortar, and small arms fire to reach the wounded. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counter-fire as his unit pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machine-gun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy's merciless barrage, he reached the wounded marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live.

Awacha Pocket To the left is the type of terrain that Halyburton would have had to deal with. This particular picture is in an area known as Awacha Pocket, an area near where Halyburton administered his life saving skills, to his Marines.

To the right is a picture of an unknown PhM2c doing the same work that Halyburton did during his time in Okinawa.