"I swear, the Covenant refuse to fucking give up. Either that, or they're fucking retarded. One of the two."
Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Montgomery is an ODST that has served for more than 18 years. At one point, he was the former leader of the elite marksman squad known as Beta 4. Since they have disbanded in early 2563, Josh usually shifted around squads, rarely going at missions alone.
Joshua was born in Clio, Michigan to Jared, a retired Orion Project Marine, and Lillian, a waitress. Since the age of 2, he had shown signs of intellect, knowing how to do simple tasks via computer. At the age of 10, however, was when his performance skyrocketed. He aced classes left and right, was an able bodied student, and he tackled issues with little effort. However, hard times came when his parents had to deal with issues within family, several of them involving loss. Jared divorced Lillian after catching her smoke crack. She later married a mentally ill alcoholic named Ray, and the family had seen the worst of times. Ray began talking to himself, had irrational thoughts, and soon began having vivid hallucinations. He later committed suicide, leaving the family traumatized. Jared later remarried Lillian, having forgiven her. They moved down to Detroit, where Jared was offered a job. Josh soon made friends in high school, who he later vacationed with. During summer vacation, they went to different places throughout southern Michigan, one of them being a retro-themed diner. As the boys were enjoying themselves, an Insurrectionist-affiliated terror group named "Libertas" initiated an attack throughout the city, dozens of car bombs being placed near government owned buidlings, among them being an ONI office building across the street from the Diner. In a flash, what was once Mile Road became a fiery hell. 74 killed and 232 wounded, among them being Shepherd, Josh's close friend. Josh was later invited into the UNSC, which he accepted after finishing his senior year.
The 68 WhiskeyEdit
Showing skills as a medic, Josh was shipped to Fort Velasco, which was situated in an Insurrectionist-occupied Denali. He was a member of the 68 Whiskey, later adopting risky, yet effective, surgery tactics that would later be carried on, albeit simplified. He was noted to be "diligent, composed, and professional." by his superiors. Due to his skill as a medic, his superiors decided to make him a candidate for the ODST program. He was later made a marksman, but he was allowed to carry on his medical expertise.
Life as an Orbital Drop Shock TrooperEdit
Much to his commander's surprise, Josh was not only skilled in treating his allies, but he was also effective in dispatching his enemies with ease. His effectiveness in combat earned him yet another promotion, and he was given complete leadership over a squad codenamed "Olympia", the other members' names being Isherwood, Hawken, Harvey, Farley, Greys, and Bergmann.
It didn't take long for Josh to bond with his squadmates, having been through thick and thin not long after he was assigned to them. Josh took a liking to Farley especially, his sense of humor often taking the squad's mind off of the horrors of war. This brother-like relationship among the seven was cemented after they helped withstand an Insurrectionist attack on the UNSC Paris Class Frigate Godspeed. One day, however, it all came crashing down.
When the squad was deployed in Voi, they all were split up in a firefight against the Covenant. After the Covenant captured a Forerunner Dreadnought, the squad attempted to regroup. As this happened, a Flood infested Battlecruiser crashed into the massive factory, both Bergmann and Hawken being killed in the blast that occurred afterwards. Meanwhile, Isherwood, who was in the building next to Josh, was severely burned in a fire that spread from the crash site, Harvey desperately attempting to smother the flames. They were later were caught in a horde of infected, becoming assimilated into The Flood. Both Farley and Greys, who were hiding in a storage unit throughout the Flood's assault on Voi, managed to find Josh, although Greys was in notably rough shape. They fended off a wave of infected before being overrun, forced to bail. They attempted escaping the factory, only for a shockwave to cause a bridge to collapse: They were now left at a dead end, and all of them were running low on supplies. With few options for escape, Greys hastily handed Josh his shotgun and ran into the horde, killing himself and dozens of infected in a suicide bombing. This gave the remaining two time to bail. Farley, however, was grappled by an infection form, and he began transforming into a horrific beast. Given no choice, Josh put him down like a dying deer. The infected were closing in on him, and he was being brazenly beaten by a combat form. He thought he was going to die. Then, a saving grace came, as a marine on a .50 HMG mowed down the infected. Josh was saved, but he'd lost his brothers, something he would never forget. He went on leave, visiting his sister in Kansas. He was later redeployed on Installation 00, witnessing the Flood once again as they infected an entire battalion of UNSC troops. He and the team he was assigned to were evacuated immediately.
Josh was later deployed on the largely Insurrectionist occupied planet Trost, being assigned to a squad known officially as Beta 4. Although his relationship with the squad was tentative, he soon formed a brotherly bond with them.
Later that year, the squad took part in an operation dubbed "Red Fields", in which they raided an Insurrectionist outpost...