Lance Corporal Michael Howard was born to Lt. Thomas Howard and Jennifer Howard nee Sanchez on August 15, 1992. Born in Ypsilanti, Michael was raised in an average American lifestyle. Michael attended school and always looked up to his older brother, Samuel Howard who was 6 years older than him. He loved his family, and got good grades. It all changed when his brother Samuel died in Iraq.
Samuel’s death left Michael devastated, and he refused to talk with his family. At the time of his brother's death he was 17, and he just couldn't handle life at home. Being the last remaining child, Michael’s parents barred him from joining the US Military to protect their only son. So in that time Michael went to college and earned a Masters degree in History from the University of Michigan. He met a girl and they went steady for a year, until she left unexpectedly to run off to Canada.
This put Michael in a depression & made him rethink his life. Still wanting to follow in Sam’s footsteps, he joined the US Army behind his parents back. He volunteered for a UN mission to the Ivory Coast which he was in from 2016 to the missions closure in June 2017. At this point, most of the Ivory Coast force was relocated to a base in Southern Europe, where he was selected, along with a few hundred other peacekeepers, to head to the post-Soviet Republic of Chernarus to help stabilize the area from recent Russo-Chernarussian conflicts & combat a spreading infection among the population.
On the transport vessel he would meet one of his future squad members, Frank Cartwright. A man from Tennessee they made conversation & talked fondly of life back in the states, and worried if this virus had spread from the fleeing tourists back to the USA. Once arrived, he met some other soldiers, like Matthew Kegg. Kegg was an easy-going Aussie who Michael had a natural liking too. Another was Murdock McClane, a drunken Northern Irishmen who probably murdered a few Republican children in his life.
Once in South Zagoria, the realization that Michael would likely never go home hit him hard. Along with the constant abuse from citizens and his own officers, tragedy day in and day out, and the constant threat of the Russians & Infected finally drove him to the light. After the death of his close comrade Sgt. McGrath, Howard realized some things. One: there was a conspiracy in the UN, to sell it out to the VDV and corrupt local leaders. Two: The conspiracy involved plans to kidnap Dr. Faith Capella and kill of himself. He took advantage of a bad situation, and attempted to rid the UN of two conspirators, Lt. Hughes & Pvt. Andersson. After this, Howard ran away into the forest with Dr. Faith Capella, the lead WHO researcher, to try and clear his name, or die trying.
He died trying. Well, almost died. After leading Faith off to the forest, they were intercepted by the traitorous Capt. Hawk and another UN soldier. Trying to find the right moment, Micheal raised his weapon, but was shot by a concealed sniper. He was left for dead, face down in the cold ground, by both the person he was trying to protect and the traitors to his cause. Fortunately, the gunshot wound was shallow and did not hit any major arteries, and not 30 minutes later the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star found him. He was taken to a nearby base and given medical attention by a traveling doctor. He was in a bed for two months as the communist rebels tended to him. After a few weeks of being able to walk, he left to stake out his new life in the new world.
-Helping the Downtrodden
-Dr. Faith Capella