Damian Gerluchs was born in New York City, in the year of 1986, to his parents Zachariah and Mara. His father was an officer in the US Navy, and as such Damian was raised in a military family, his father often being absent on deployment, leaving him alone with his mother. When his father was around, however, he was drilled with both basic and advanced firearms practice, repair, and safety. It was always expected that he would grow into his father's shoes and become a naval officer.
He was a very gifted child, excelling in his classes and playing on a Varsity (American) football team his Sophomore year in high school. He was so good that he was already being considered by many colleges for a scholarship. Unfortunately, none of this was to come to fruition, as on the last game of the season, he noticed a car in the parking lot, the kind that the armed forces would send to bring news of a death to the next of kin. This realization caused him to lose focus on the game, fall, and permanently damage his knee, effectively ending his football career.
He enlisted into the Navy at the age of 17, with his mother's permission, and served up until the beginning of the outbreak. He was deployed on the supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman to the coast of South Zagoria along with the majority of the Armed Forces to help nip the infection at the bud. Ground forces suffered heavy losses, until any personnel on the ships were thrown into the fray as a last ditch effort to fight the onslaught of infected humans, who now numbered in the tens of thousands. He and his fellow crew mates from CVN-75 fought hard and ruthlessly for 2 weeks until their post at the far west military checkpoint was overrun.
Damian survived in the woods for a few months during that summer, killing wild boar and drinking from the ponds scattered across the country. He happened upon the settlement of New Prud, where he met a strange man. The 2 quickly became friends, and he was then introduced to the group known as the Black Hat Militia. He was adopted into their ranks and took part in many operations during his service, robbing and executing known bandits and conducting full scale raids on the Haven settlement, mainly to antagonize the Chernarus Liberation Front. He had advanced to the rank of Sergeant before he had learned that the CLF had taken his superior officer captive and he was being methodically tortured. He and 2 other men launched an assault to free him, but they were devastated by the Liberation Front's superior firepower and numbers. The thwarted attack resulted in him being thrown into a graveyard, wounded and near death. He was happened upon by a group of survivors and was narrowly rescued from the brink. Months of recovery have resulted in a strong hatred for the CLF, but he masks it with a cold, calculating demeanor. He has turned to the Raven Shield Corporation for protection as well as possible assistance in his goal to execute the leaders of the Front, as well as to bring more purpose to his life now that the BHM has fled the land.