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- “Let no one here question our place in human history. That we are here right now is not a coincidence or accident. It is our fate. And this war, our birthright, our legacy. Our generation was born to fight the Covenant, and you, my fellow soldiers, were born for this very day. Today the enemy will hear the roar of humanity, and they will fear us.”— Colonel Akono Menteith to 12,000 men and women of the 53rd Armored Division
May 10, 2545
In 2545, a Covenant fleet invaded Actium in order to glass the planet. On May 10, Colonel Menteith had been given command of the 53rd Armored Division, giving a rousing speech to all the survivors. During the same month he led all UNSC forces into a Covenant controlled area in a last ditch effort to wipe out 3 of the largest staging forces in the history of the Human-Covenant War. The UNSC killed most of the Covenant by detonating two HAVOK Tactical Nukes but at the cost of all remaining UNSC forces.