Gatson was a solider in the US Army stationed in Turkey and living with his wife. At the onset of the outbreak he was deployed to a support position behind the front lines to help with evacuations. Around 2 days into the operation when the infected overran Chernogorsk he was forced to retreat, with most of the forces being scattered. Gatson began scavenging what he could from nearby farms and hunting animals to survive. Ultimately he is looking for his wife, whom he wrote to the day after arriving asking her to come to the area to visit. With no reply forthcoming from her; he continues his search, confident in her abilities to survive so they can be reunited. Gatson is evenly tempered, but will not hesitate to use force when necessary to defend himself or a perceived innocent. Gatson is adept at hunting and fighting and has great military operational and combat knowledge. While typically a loaner, Gatson is not afraid to join up with others to accomplish goals or gather supplies but prefers small groups of less than ten people.