Born in one of the major cities in Ohio, Michael's childhood was one that wasn't splendid, but wasn't broken down with hardships either. He wasn't always stuffed to the rim with food, but he had something to eat. He didn't always get expensive new things as gifts, but he always had something. His family made do with what they had, and they were content. It wasn't until Michael's father had an affair with a co-worker when he was around the age of 11, which meant that his parents would divorce. Michael's mom got custody of Michael's two sisters, Elizabeth and Summer, while Michael's father got custody of him and his third sister Anna. His father wasn't a horrible person, but due to the fact that it had been him that managed to break apart their family, he wasn't entirely pleased with his father's efforts to try and get the kids to enjoy him. Michael's mother had gotten remarried not so long after the incident, as she was always a one to find quick love such as his sisters were, Michael took after his father in the less serious relationships. His father was always on and off with girlfriends and prostitutes that he hooked up with just for some quick fun, which made Michael resent him even more. Michael had been the youngest of all the children, so after having been alone with his father for three years when Anna moved out when he was 15, Michael took the first immediate chance he could to get away from his household, which was through the military. He wasn't an exceptional student in school, but he followed orders well and was disciplined enough to be considered a decent soldier. Having signed up for the Marine Corps, he successfully passed his basic training and boot camp with flying colors which marked him as a person of interest among the higher ups in his battalion. He had a reason for being there, and it wasn't to be shown up by anyone else. After about a year or two on bases, he was finally sent into combat around the age of twenty to help participate in the 'War on Terror'.
He served in the Middle East for a few years before an IED sent him hospitalized back to the States until he would recover. During his recovery period, he fell for multiple women and had a few one night stands, though one woman named Alyssa he had managed to stay with for quite a while. About a year during his rehabilitation, he and Alyssa had a child they had named David. Though Michael wouldn't be there much for David as when he was finally reintroduced back into the field of duty, Alyssa had left him for someone who wasn't in a military role, her argument being she needed someone who would be there to raise David. Michael was devastated by what had happened, so he busied himself back into his frontline duties to try and suppress any feelings on the situation; easier said than done. Many years passed with various small bits happening. He received a few promotions during his time in the Marines, which he ascended the ranks to become a Lance Corporal before the events of Chernarus had happened. When things began to escalate in the post-soviet state, he and his battalion, along with a few others, were sent in to help the CDF in maintaining quarantine and help evacuate civilians from the area. Sadly though, Michael was stuck with a small squadron of Marines and an even smaller squadron of CDF troops to help defend the city of Chernogorsk, while also evacuating any civilians they could to the Balota airfield for extraction. He had spent quite a large some of time, mental degradation and ammunition doing his duties in that city, but when it finally fell to the infected he successfully abandoned his main battalion with a few CDF and Marines to try and find another way out of the hell hole they were now stuck in, as they had no means to get out. During the immediate aftermath their group numbers fell drastically, until only a few remained to try and survive. As the pandemic continued more died, left, or turned hostile on one another, till Michael effectively shot his old teammates and went out on his own into the Chernarus wilderness to try and survive.