Michael was born in New York by a poor teenage single mom. Growing up, he remembered bouncing around the neighborhood a lot from Manhattan, to Bronx, to Queens, but mostly Manhattan. Growing up in the said neighborhood, he admitted that he was a troubled kid, a very bad child to put it simply. He admitted to being a selfish little *hole, he was always very hyper and he is definitely the kind of kid to always start a trouble. A lot of people didn’t think he could even finish school.
In his senior year in high school, he didn’t really know what to do with his life. He remembered his aspiration in life that time was to be a professional wrestler. It was in this year too when 9/11 happened and that became his tipping point that made him want to join the military. In his mind that time, joining the military wasn’t just about being the nation’s pride, it’s about getting something back from the people who struck his home. More than that, he admitted that his selfish reason in joining that military is so that he could travel and see the world. You’ll know in this episode that he actually made the most out of his free time to make this dream come to life.
Michael also admitted that it was hard for him to feel the sense of belonging in his unit and he went into details as to why he felt that way. He also said that while the climb to the top was very hard for him, it was so worth it and the view is beautiful when you finally made it to the top. Once you finally have that bond and that brotherhood, you will never want to leave and lose it.
Listen until then end if you want to know how a troubled kid made his way up into the military after being denied to join the Air Force, having to go through a lot of beating and smoking from superiors, and having a sense of leadership along the way.
In this story you will also get to know all the things in between the combats and the missions. He even shared a funny story on how he burned his paycheck in just a week! You’ll also get to know how Michael faced his deployments and missions head on, how he didn’t have second thoughts in helping someone from his unit who got shot which in the end led him sustain major injuries that he took years to recover from.