William David Halyburton, Jr. (2 October 1924 - 10 May 1945), was a native of Canton, North Carolina, and a graduate of New Hanover High School in, Wilmington, N.C.. His enrollment at Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., where he planned to prepare himself for the ministry, was put aside to enter the United States Navy during World War II.
Petty Officer Halyburton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 5th Marines during the Battle of Okinawa. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
USS HALYBURTON (FFG-40), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is a ship of the United States Navy named for Pharmicist's Mate Second Class William D. Halyburton, Jr. (1924-1945). Halyburton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 5th Marines, during the Battle of Okinawa.
Halyburton was laid down on 26 September 1980 by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Seattle Division, Seattle, Wash.; launched on 13 October 1981; and commissioned on 7 January 1984. USS HALYBURTON has earned numerous Battle 'E' awards for combat readiness.
As of 2008, Halyburton is homeported at NS Mayport, Florida, and is part of Destroyer Squadron 14.
Medal of Honor Citation