PO1 Lammey is currently living in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and three children. On Dec. 1, 2006 he was injured, along with 12 others, when the steam line on their ship, the USS Frank Cable, ruptured during a safety valve check while docked at Guam's Apra Harbor. Steam was released into the boiler's firebox and ignited the unburned vapors, injuring technicians and those observing the valve check. Michael Lammey, received Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals for "heroic" action in helping others to safety.
"I burned 56 percent of my body when a boiler exploded,” says Lammey, who came to UCLA Operation Mend in 2009. “I had burned both sides of my hands, and I couldn’t lift or turn my head from the scar tissue. Scar tissue contracts and contracts, so I had very little range of movement. Now I can hold my head up straight and I have more flexibility and mobility in my hands. It makes you feel like a man again. I have three daughters and a wife, and when you can start doing the stuff you used to do, it lets you get back into that role as a husband and as a father. I feel free from the constraints of the scar tissue. It’s amazing."