Born to an Air Force Pilot in Wichita, Kansas, Harvey showed great promise both academically and athletically. A true prodigy of his father during his early years. He first grew a love for baseball when he played his first game of catch with his dad. He grew up with loving and caring parents. His father, especially, wanted the best for young Harvey. They gave him all the tools he'd need to make it in the world. Discipline, respect, and a wealth of formal and informal knowledge to serve as his base for success after he left their home when high school was over.
He played baseball from the time he was in Youth Leagues up until Sophomore year at Wichita State University. He moved out of his parents' home and began living in campus housing. It was during this year that he met the love of his life, Sarah Moore. She was a talented, beautiful girl, with a bad side that all the guys loved. She had long hair, a short skirt, a long jacket, and loved long nights. She introduced him to the party scene. One night, she seduced him and, during the act, pulled out a joint of marijuana. She laughed as she took the first hit and then curled back over him. "C'mon, babe, try it. It's only once," she told him. Of course it is. Once is all you need. He would enjoy his weekend, but on Monday, things took an unexpected turn when a random drug screening was called for the team. He knew he'd be done for, but what could he do? If he refused the test, he'd be kicked from the team. If he took the test and popped positive, he'd be kicked from the team. He was between a rock and a hard place. He decided it'd be best if he took the test and then quit the team before results returned. That way his results would be announced and his father would never know, sparing him the grief of a disgusted father. He managed to come up with some bullshit reason about why he'd quit the team. Something about wanting to focus on studies and grades.
Harvey continued to date Sarah for a while. He did, however, stop going to school. Once his results came back, by unanimous decision, he was expelled from the school by the board of directors. He discontinued smoking, however, which made thing turbulent, to say the least, with Sarah. She started dating other guys behind his back since she could no longer gain the spotlight from being around him. She always made him feel like it was his fault by undermining him with loop-holed arguments and gaslighting. Eventually he couldn't bear it anymore. He started working low end-jobs to pay the rent and get himself somewhere. Being somewhat financially adept, he saved enough money to get to Europe, where he believed he could get away from everything. He didn't want to be anywhere near his ashamed parents, abusive girlfriend, and disappointed friends.
He managed to get on board with a group of fishermen, through his connections with some of his father's military friends, in Naples, Italy. He became a hardened deckhand, by his thirties, shifting from ship to ship to keep a steady income. It was hard, gritty, work that pushed him to his limit every day. It was a very demanding job and there was never any room for slack. This developed him into the man he is today.
When the outbreak finally hit Italy, he didn't take any chances on land. Things were already bad. He and his crew took a small group of passengers who weren't infected to sea to get as far away from the area as possible. They'd heard of a small safe haven guarded by a Joint Task Force in Incirlik, Turkey. There, some decided to stick around, and a few others, including Harvey, left to get even farther away. Feeling that the only thing which would keep them alive was cooperation and moving on the road together, they established rules. These rules would be followed to the 't' or anyone caught breaking them would be exiled from the group or killed on the spot. No mutinous actions were tolerated and most people were able to get along this way. The group simply claimed what was theirs and took what they wanted to use for themselves.
They managed to make it all the way to Chernarus, picking up new survivors along the way, coming across several other groups and absorbing some of their members. Once there, they fed off the land and its inhabitants, again claiming whatever they needed to survive.