Frank Castle, after trying to learn to be a priest but finding himself unable to forgive evil, decided to join the Marines. A very different line of work to be sure. During his service in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Castle passed notable challenges, including:
These achievements qualified Castle for the Navy Seals, where he served in the special forces during the Vietnam War. For his career, he was awarded many medals, such as the purple heart.
When Castle returned home to his wife and children, he could not have been happier. But, this happiness was not to last. One day, when Castle and his family were spending an afternoon in the park, tragedy struck. Stumbling across gang activity, they became witnesses to a brutal murder. As we know, gangs do not like witnesses, and these gangsters were no different. Castle and his family were gunned down in the middle of Central park. By sheer luck, or by fate's hand, Frank survived his encounter with death. But the police couldn't help him, even when he identified the gangsters, for the criminals were too deep into a powerful mafia family. Because of this, Frank decided that justice was a flawed system, that criminals deserved nothing but punishment for their crimes. Adorning himself with a skull, the symbol for death's head, Frank now wages war on crime as The Punisher.