Bendok Vithsoomparul was born to a Human father and a Tellarite mother. This gave him an odd jovial yet argumentative nature. He used these traits well to advance through the Starfleet ranks as an engineer. After switching to command be quickly showed an affinity for tactics and strategy of war. He gained a well earned reputation as a "firm but fair" battlefield commander.
At some point in his career he was awarded the Christopher Pike Medal of Valor. (LUG RPG: The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon)