Leonard grew up in a small town in West Virginia. During Leonard's child hood he was raised . His father and his Grandfather both served in the United States Marine Corps and from a very young age he knew this is what he wanted to do. They taught him that respect was earned and never given, so this lead to Leonard being skeptical to strangers until he got to know them. Leonard did well in school and was an exceptional athlete. He had offers to play division 2 basketball, but turned them all down and enlisted in the marines straight out of high school. He was an American through and through and wanted to serve and if he had to, die for his country.
Some time passed and he did well in boot camp. It taught him various things, most importantly taught him mental fortitude. He learned that the one thing a person cannot take away from you is your mind, so he became very tough, mentally. After boot camp he had a few days home with his parents before being stationed in California. Little did he know this would be the last time that he ever got to be with them. Him and his Dad spoke about the tensions rising in Russia and knew that there was a possibility that his son would be sent there to aid.
His father was exactly right. After staying in California for a couple of weeks Leonard and a lot of other Marines were ordered for emergency help in Chernarus. They were not given much intel besides that there was an infection spreading and they needed a to aid the land and the people. His exact station at his deployment was a city called Electro.. He knew nothing about this place except that he was going to be at a fire station helping local firefighters around the cities.
Upon arrival everything was okay, however, he could not understand what most people were saying as he knew no Russian. He only seen the fear in peoples eyes.. A day went by and before he knew it they were being surrounded and pushed back by.... dead people??? They opened the doors to the fire department and let others in for protection. Him and the other Marines at the station were terrified but there training kicked in. Although they were never prepared for a situation that involved seemingly dead people attacking others.. they knew they had to carry out the mission and protect the land and the people as they said they would.
Him and the fellow Marines setup a firing line and defended the people in the fire house for as long as they could. After 25 minutes of constant shooting and intense battling of the undead each Marine was down to their last one or two magazines.. They knew things were looking grim and before they knew it the locals within the firehouse got scared and ran out. Causing even more Chaos. Before Leonard could realize the locals had ganged up and were trying to get the weapons from him and his comrades... "What the hell are they doing?" Leonard thought. A couple of his buddies were on the ground wrestling for their lives while the dead were approaching.. He was hit in the back of the head with a baseball bat... Dazed and confused, but his helmet took most of the blow... He turned and out of instinct shot the man holding the bat... Leonard had killed a human.. His very first. In the mist of the complete chaos he did not know how to feel. He had never killed a person or 'dead' people before... After killing the man he turns and sees most of his Squad being ripped apart by these.. dead people.. He starts firing and looking to protect them. He begins getting surrounded but was ready to die for with his men. Out of no where one of his Squad mates, Michael, grabs him from behind and starts pulling him away. "We have to go Leonard!!! It is done!!! The city is fucked!! We wont be able to help anyone when we are dead!". Michael throws a flare into the road distracting the dead, which gives them just enough time to get the hell out of dodge...
They escape and settle down in the woods by a river.. Breathless.. Speechless... What did they just witness.. They decided to camp out in the woods for the night. They heard screaming and terror in the distance. Leonard and Michael laid down in listened not able to gain a second of sleep... While laying in the pitch black of night Leonard hears a gunshot right beside him. This startles him and he springs to action instantly raising his M4 to his face and looking for danger.. He then realizes Michael had just taken his own life.. Despite knowing he is dead Leonard begins performing CPR on Michael.. Screaming "NOOOOOO DONT YOU FUCKING DO THIS TO ME MICHAEL. FUCK FUCK FUCK..." The shot of the gun and the sound of his screams attracts the dead. Leo nard realizes this and ejects Michaels half full mag from his M4 and takes off into the night.
Months of traveling and being on high alert he manages to find shelter in an empty town and upon awaking the next day he hears the voice of a man.. Having not seen anyone for weeks he goes out and confronts him.. The mans name is Jack and they slowly become best friends.