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It commemorates the Battle of Hoover Dam. The rangers lured the best of Caesar's Legion into Boulder City, then blew the whole town up. The NCR still lost a bunch of troops in the fighting, though. My older brother sacrificed himself so they could evacuate some of the wounded.

Private Kowalski is an NCR private encountered in Boulder City in 2281.

Background[edit | edit source]

An enlisted soldier in the ranks of the New California Republic Army, normally stationed at Camp McCarran, Private Kowalski has recently received leave and plans to head home to see his family in California with a caravan, going through the 188 trading post. During a layover at the post, he decided to make his way over to Boulder City, to pay his respects to his brother at the war memorial. Donald Kowalski, his brother, sacrificed himself so that the rest of the unit could evacuate some of the wounded during the terminal stages of the First Battle of Hoover Dam.[1][2][3]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Private Kowalski had a brother named Donald Kowalski, who he can be seen mourning at the Boulder City Memorial.

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Defacing the Humble Stone: Desecrating (shooting or otherwise harming) the Boulder City memorial will make a Speech prompt and, depending on the Courier's selection, may make him become hostile. Killing him will give NCR infamy. If the Courier passes the Speech check, and shoots or harms the memorial again, he will not open fire. Calling him and his brother a "little bitch" will cause him to become hostile.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

Apparel Weapon Other items On death
NCR bandoleer armor Service rifle
Combat knife

Notes[edit | edit source]

Private Kowalski does not remain at the memorial indefinitely and will disappear from the game world sometime after the Courier arrives near Boulder City.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Private Kowalski appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Courier: "What is this memorial?"
    Kowalski: "It commemorates the Battle of Hoover Dam. The rangers lured the best of Caesar's Legion into Boulder City, then blew the whole town up. The NCR still lost a bunch of troops in the fighting, though. My older brother sacrificed himself so they could evacuate some of the wounded."
    (Kowalski's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Where are you normally stationed?"
    Kowalski: "Camp McCarran, but I'm on leave at the moment - heading back to California to see my folks. I'm supposed to join up with a caravan that's heading that way up at the 188, but they're not due to arrive for awhile yet."
    (Kowalski's dialogue)
  3. Kowalski: "You here to pay your respects, too?"
    (Kowalski's dialogue)
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