Victor Manuel Alvarez was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City when he was nine years old with his older brother and his mother. It was in New York that his father worked as a Merchant Marine being away from the family 10 months out of the year, while his mother took care of the family. At the age of 18 he decided to join the New York City Police Department, but as fortune would have it, he was ultimately drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed his boot camp training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After that it was Airborne then Ranger schools and later jungle warfare school in the Republic of Panama. His military awards range from; Jump Wings, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, two awards of the Purple Heart, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement medal, among other numerous awards. His military specialty was as a Military Policeman and served as an Army Criminal Investigator (CID Agent).