The ship's crest was designed to represent the heroic action on the Island of Okinawa in World War II for which Pharmicist's Mate Second Class William David Halyburton, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
The Scarlet and gold bars in the shield denote service in a land action with the U.S. Marines; the alternating colors of the bars symbolize the exchange of fire with an opposing force. The heraldic lion rampart in the midst of the field denotes a single act of great courage, i.e., Halyburton placing himself in the line of fire, in complete disregard for his own safety, in order to shield from further harm, and render medical aid to, a fallen Marine, thereby giving his own life in exchange. The lion is blue, the color of the Medal of Honor ribbon, and is strewn with thirteen stars, as is that decoration, the nation's highest. The gold laurel wreath, inverted, is symbolic of the posthumous awards to Pharmicist's Mate Halyburton in addition to the Medal of Honor: The Purple Heart, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. The anchor and cross denote naval service and the provision of medical care on the battlefield.