Admiral Michael Cunningham was a distinguished admiral with a long, successful career. He had two daughters, Ellie and Sandra. He was killed during the Battle of Acheron along with his ship, the HMS Undaunting Fate, and all hands. It had been said that he had a dislike of the Royal Family, though these claims were never substantiated. He was posthumously awarded the Theran Shield for his skill, as without his leadership the battle would have turned out much worse.