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Dale was an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper during the Human-Covenant war.[1] He was a former Colonial Military Administration soldier whose allegiance to the UNSC was highly suspect.


Battle of New Jerusalem[]

Main article: Battle of New Jerusalem

In September 2552 the city of Mount Haven on the colony of New Jerusalem[note 1] was invaded by the Covenant, who proceeded to dig downriver of the city in search of Forerunner artifacts. In response, the UNSC sent in a Company of ODST's for a snatch-and-run operation; they would steal the artifacts then retreat from the planet. However, unbeknownst to the UNSC, the team of ODSTs had their own agenda. The nine ODSTs were all CMA veterans, and felt that they had given enough to the UNSC cause. Their plan was to break into a bank in the city centre, and use a spare Pelican dropship to steal the gold and platinum ingots stored in the bank's vault. They justified their theft by saying that the precious metals were going to be glassed anyway, and therefore they "didn't exist anymore." The team would use the gold to retire.

Their plan hit a snag, however, when they discovered a schoolteacher and a group of children taking refuge in the bank vault, causing an argument to erupt between the five ODSTs in the vault. Gage Yevgenny wanted to abandon their theft and evacuate the children. Felicia Sanderson was in favor of calling in an extra Pelican. Sita, Dale, and Orrin however wanted to abandon the civilians to their deaths. Tempers flared, and the ODST's turned their weapons on each other; Gage and Felicia against the other three. Dale was shot and killed in the brief shootout; his shots may have wounded Gage or killed Felicia.



  1. It has been confirmed in a comment by Tobias Buckell here that the rookie in Dirt is the same character as The Rookie from Halo 3: ODST. Thus, the battle depicted in the story has to be the Battle of New Jerusalem, as it was the last battle in which The Rookie participated before the Battle of Earth.