Early life Edit
Lynch was born in the outskirts of Dúnnangall Ùr, a city on the Outer Colony of Cothrom. Cothrom was settled by colonists hailing from Ireland, and thus has a significant Gaelic cultural heritage. Lynch's parents both worked in law enforcement: his father worked at the local police department, his mother served in the military police at the nearby Colonial Militia base. It was a good, happy childhood, and he grew up to be proud of his ancestry.
In 2534, when he was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at the planetary capital, Dàrna-Dubhlinn. During his training, his liking for machine guns became apparent, and thus he was assigned as a machine gunner when he was done with boot camp.
Military service Edit
Following his training, Lynch was shipped off on board the UNSC Black Betty. His first combat experience would be in early 2535, at the battle of Jericho VII, where the present Marine forces saw success while suffering only minor casualties. Lynch proved himself a skilled combatant in the field during that campaign, even though the UNSC ended up losing the battle. The Black Betty fortunately escaped unscathed, with most of her ground forces - Lynch included - with her. In the next two years, Lynch did not see much action outside minor skirmishes, until the battle of New Harmony in 2537. This battle, although a very rare naval victory for the UNSC, saw significant casualties on the ground. Nonetheless, Lynch's combat action here brought him to the attention of NavSpecWar's ODST recruiters.
Lynch entered the Orbital Drop Shock Troops in 2538, and was assigned to Alpha Platoon of 1st Company, 5th Shock Troops Battalion. He was present in a couple of battles during his time in 1st Company, though his tenure was cut short in 2540 in the battle of Haydrin, in an event that became colloquially known by the members of the 5th Battalion as the Haydrin Massacre. On Haydrin, a large number of 5th Battalion's ODSTs - including nearly all of 1st Company - were ambushed by Covenant forces led by a Jiralhanae Chieftain named Armonius, rounded up, and mass executed. Lynch was personally not captured; as a machine gunner, he was further behind the main forces with his secondary gunnerm Lance Corporal Linn Martins, when the ambush occurred.
Following the Haydrin Massacre, Lynch and Martins were reassigned to 3rd Company's Bravo Platoon, whose machine gun team had been killed in action during the battle. Over the next four years, they continued to serve with Bravo Platoon on the UNSC Double Take, taking part in a number of campaigns and battles over that period.