Gil had always assumed growing up that he was born in Pearl County, Louisiana and that his mother died during child birth and that his father, David, was the only parental figure he had. Gil's father was the head of the county sheriff's department as well as the town's local handy man. "He could fix anything from a screen door to a broken heart," was the word around town. Growing up, Gil developed a love for music and dreamed of becoming a musician, however, his father had different ideas. As the years went by, the police work began to wear down on Gil's father. He began drinking, a lot, and in a drunken stupor, would occasionally get in fights with Gil and destroy his dreams of becoming a musician. Instead, he wanted to pass on his technical know-how to Gil so that they could start a dry wall business together. Unfortunately, his father hit rock bottom and was eventually kicked off the force due to his drinking habits. They became impoverished and Gil was forced to drop out of High School and work odd jobs all over town just to barely have enough for the rent and food. He would also travel to New Orleans to play guitar in the local bars and would usually make pretty sizable tips. He found a keen interest in radios as well as radio shows since he had to sell his TV, radio was all he had. He hoped one day he could broadcast his own radio show and it wasn't until he discovered Pirate Radio that for the first time in his life, he had set goals for himself. Saving what little money he had he purchased most of his equipment and set up his own Pirate Radio station in an abandoned farm house close to home. Under the alias
known as "Catfish" he began, "Fish FM." An unauthorized an illegal radio show where he would broadcast his favorite music, as well as his thoughts and opinions on various topics. He never really knew if he developed a following because within a few months the FCC raided his barn and arrested him. He was fined $20,000 for unlicensed broadcasting. With no hope of paying off the fine his father finally sobered up one day and told him the truth. The truth was that he was not born in America, instead he was born in the city of Novigrad in a little known country occupying the lower eastern quadrant of Europe known as, Chernarus. In addition to that, his Mother was still alive and was currently living in Chernogorsk. With what little money his father had left he bought Gil a one way plane ticket to Chernarus and hoped he would have a better chance at starting a new life there with his mother.