On June 13, 2503 Harold Stanforth sent a message from his ship the UNSC Leviathan to then-Captain Preston Cole. The Office of Naval Intelligence had discovered that Cole's wife Lyrenne Castilla was in fact an Insurrectionist and the commander of the Bellicose. Stanforth broke regulations by warning Cole three hours before Reach Central Command transmitted the orders for Castilla's arrest and Cole's recall. Stanforth told Cole:
You've got three hours. Find Lyrenne before ONI gets her. Bring her in yourself. That'll go a long way toward clearing your name and ending this.
In May 2531 now-Vice Admiral Cole sent a message from the UNSC Everest to Admiral Stanforth, who had become the UNSC Region One Commander at Reach CENTCOM. Cole outlined a series of recommendations intended to safeguard the location of Earth and other human colonies. These recommendations would form the foundation of the Cole Protocol. A nearly identical message, known as Hypodermic FXT-J, was sent to Admiral Margaret Parangosky.
- Admiral Harold Stanforth should not be confused with Vice Admiral Hieronymus Michael Stanforth (born 2486), despite the fact that the two are known to have the same Service Number, 00834-19223-HS, and both commanded ships called the Leviathan. This may however, indicate that the two are related.
- ↑ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole, page 454
- ↑ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole, page 467