Will was born in a small town in south Louisiana, throughout his childhood he was constantly fighting with other kids and couldn't focus on schoolwork. Not long after he started high school, his mother was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. Will fell into a depression and started experimenting with drugs. Not long after, his mother died and Will dropped out of school. He got a GED and joined the army at 18 years old, after two years of shitty details and irrelevant online certifications he decided that after his four year contract ended, he would not re-enlist. He was stationed in Utes when he was sent to chernogorsk where he was going to have to deal with some kind of plague or something. "great" he thought "Time to get killed by a hungry looter". When he got to Chernogorsk it was clear that there was nothing he could do for the infected. His unit was soon overrun by looters and infected and his unit decided to withdraw to Electrozavodsk. When his vehicle was attacked by looters and two soldiers in the vehicle were killed, his squad leader, and best friend ran when the infected came. Will was knocked out after tripping over a rock and woke up to find a note that said: "SGT YOUNG DEAD STAY HERE-HAWKINS". After arriving in Electro to look for Hawkins Will was overrun by infected and took shelter in a small guard shack, he was the rescued by a man named Dutch Higgins. Upon closer inspection of the lifeless bodies of the dead infected, Will noticed Hawkins was among them. With no other ideas Will decided the best plan of action was to stick with Dutch until further notice. It soon became clear that Dutch wasn't all there in the head, but Will didn't feel threatened by Dutch and found him slightly amusing. Their partnership was abruptly ended when Dutch and Will were separated by a horde of infected in a town not far from Stary Sobor. With no goal or purpose Will sank into a depression and began to struggle with substance abuse.