Michael Anthony seemed destined to serve from the day he was born. The youngest of seven children, Michael has four brothers and two sisters, all of whom joined the military (except for one sister). His father and two grandfathers were also in the military. After graduating from high school, he went to basic training, then to job training, to become an operating room medic. One year later, he returned home and enrolled in college to begin his first semester. Almost immediately upon finishing his first semester, he was shipped off to Wisconsin to train for four months before he would leave and spend his next year in Iraq. Since returning home, Mr. Anthony is working toward a bachelor's degree in creative writing.