Delbert Wayne Halsey was born in Baker, Mont., on 8 December 1919. He enlisted on 9 December 1940 and was appointed Aviation Cadet on 6 March 1941, undergoing training at the Naval Air Stations at Pensacola, Fla., and Miami, Fla. Appointed Ensign, United States Naval Reserve, on 25 September, he reported to Bombing Squadron 6 on board Enterprise (CV-6). His participation in the aerial attack against the Marshall Islands 1 February 1942 earned him the Air Medal. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and service in the Battle of Midway 4-6 June 1942.
Delbert W. Halsey (DE-310) was canceled during construction on 5 September 1944.