Merle was born in Springfield, Tennessee on January 15th, 1995. He was one of many Bridgewater boys, a family of hardworking farmers, they had a happy but simple life. Merle, was one of the hardest workers on the farm, he dedicated all his free time to chores and farmland maintenance, having virtually no time for school. This was made pretty apparent as he struggled in his academics, Merle never ended up finishing high school, and had missed almost all his classes in his last year. In his spare time, other than working on the farmland or helping out around the house, Merle would hunt and got extremely proficient with firearms. Merle was one of, if not the most soft-spoken Bridgewater boy, keeping mostly to himself and only really socializing with his family. He lets his brothers do most of the talking and when he does chime in on conversations, he keeps it short. After years of tending to the farm and watching the house he decided it best to take a break, joining his brothers on their travels to Chernarus, however once arriving the outbreak would trap them there. Merle would do anything to get him and his brothers back to their home and back to safety, even if it meant doing the most egregious acts.