Ensign Bounds was assigned to the Enterprise's security division. He was described as burly.
In 2269, Bounds was a member of the first landing party that visited the planet Anomaly, traveling with Captain James T. Kirk in the first shuttle along with Sharon Follett, Octavio Hernandez and security officers Hevelin and Mark Moore.
Bounds was shot in the head with an arrow by the locals, but managed to survive because the arrowhead struck from an oblique angle and bounced off. Later, when Lieutenant Bill Hixon went missing, Bounds volunteered to help search, but due to his head injury, Leonard McCoy wouldn't allow it. (TOS novel: Planet of Judgment)