Colton was born into a military family in Texas on September 13, 1994. His father was a Marine and as a kid always dreamed of being like his father. His father's name was Curtis and he died when Colton was just 10 years old. His father died in an engagement in the Middle East, which crushed Colton. Colton was always close to his father compared to his mother, his mother wished that Colton would follow another dream, for she feared that she would lose another important man in her life. Colton was an okay student in school, people and teachers could never understand him. His teachers knew his potential in other areas other than the military and tried to convince him this, but he held his ground. When he graduated, he enlisted, as expected. He became a United States Marine and he was very proud. He excelled in basic and also in NCO school. By the time he was ready for deployment somewhere he had already gained the rank of Corporal and was being assigned to the squad of a Sergeant who served in the Chernarussian Civil war with an amazing military history, this Sergeants name was James West. Colton was deployed to Chernarus with the 27th MEU where he would serve to keep the peace. He and James became very close friends and James was some sort of a father figure to him, despite their close age. Colton was always James' right hand man for any situation. James mentored Colton to be the man he is today. When the outbreak hit, they were assigned to evacuations around Stary Sobor. Orders came over to get themselves out of there and to the coast for evac. But by the time they got there everyone had already left, and they were left stranded. He recalls this moment being the only one where James did not know what to do. They proceeded to Svetlojarsk where the dead cornered the entire squad. James had managed to narrowly escape the dead but had to leave his squad. Colton took charge and tried to hold off the dead with his squad mates. The only thing in the alleyway was a dumpster where they could get on top of it. Coltons's squad mates boosted him up to a balcony so he could pull them up, but it was too late, the dead were all over them. When Colton turned around to grab one of them he reached down just as the last man remaining was swept away by the horde. Colton ran as fast as he could out of there and escaped. He looked for James for some time, holding out hope he got away. He eventually stopped searching, and began to just focus on his survival, no matter the cost.