Captain Fields has been fighting alongside his subordinates, Sergeants Fred Radcliff and Thompson, since the Sino-American War, and Radcliff credits his command as being responsible for his survival - even stating that the captain is in dire need of a retirement. The three were part of the original military team responsible for moving the gold reserves at Fort Knox to Vault 79. However, they were locked outside when the Vault closed due to the Great War. Nevertheless, Fields, a die-hard patriot, refused to believe that America could have perished in the War, and chose to stick to their mission as best as possible.
Equipped in their power armors, they wandered the Wasteland for years, always staying near Appalachia, returning only when they heard it was safe enough to return. Before reaching Appalachia though, they ended up in the Pitt and attempted to save the civilians there, but while trying to get into his power armor, Fields was shot and wounded, and the team barely escaped thanks to their military working dogs Angel and Odysseus. They ruminated simply giving up their military lives, but were convinced to return to Appalachia after hearing again the broadcast from other military remnants. They and their last remaining military working dog, Private Lucky, ended up tracking and observing the Settlers as both groups left the Pitt, bound for Appalachia. Now in West Virginia, the team agreed to meeting with the Vault Dweller at the ransacked bunker.
Interactions with the player character
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- Duty Calls: Oliver Fields has agreed to meet with the Dweller in the ransacked bunker. At first, he is suspicious and dismissive of the plan to raid Vault 79 for its gold bullion, but after consulting with his team, agrees to send Sergeant Radcliff to assist in the heist.
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Fields insists that Appalachia in 2103 is much better off than the areas to its north which he and his team traveled from.
Behind the scenes
Captain Fields, Sergeant Thompson, Sergeant Radcliff, Private Lucky, Odysseus, and Angel are all identified as members of The Old Guard. Their presence is a nod to the real-world 947th Military Police Detachment, part of the U.S. Army’s 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as The Old Guard. This unit has the second largest Military Working Dog detachment in the continental United States and works closely with the U.S. Secret Service, identical to their role in Fallout 76.
- Vault Dweller: "You're US Army? Where have you been?"
Oliver Fields: "We've been heading back down from up north. Before you ask why it took so long, take a long hard look at your day to day in Appalachia. It's nice here. You've got it so good that I'd have wanted my momma to retire here. Giant bats, boo hoo."
- The Old Guard, Vol 14: Ch 2
- Vault Dweller: Do you know if you all are sticking around Foundation now?
Fred Radcliff: Definitely. We all need a vacation... or just retirement. Fields needs retirement, for sure. He might not look as old as he is, but that's just all the preservatives in the junk food we've been living off of.
- Vault Dweller: "How did you end up here?"
Oliver Fields: "Thompson, Radcliff and I were all part of the team at Fort Knox that moved the gold here. The vault shut before we could get in though. We wandered the wasteland, always staying nearby. Once we heard it was safe, we came here. Damn glad we did too."
- Vault Dweller: "Hey, in case you didn't notice. America's over. Kind of got bombed."
Oliver Fields: "Don't you know a lick of history from before the war? We've always been forged in fire. Maybe we got a bit burnt this time, but I can't believe it's the end."
- Vault Dweller: "What brought you here?"
Oliver Fields: "We were given a mission at the end of the war that brought us down this way. Then we ran into the Foundation crew, north of here. They seemed like good folks, but we still had our mission to fulfill ... so we shadowed them for a while until that danger was over. No sense in putting them in danger, y'know? Seems like those days are finally done, though. No more missions. Just retirement. Bout damn time."
- Paige: "I had to reach out to some... specialists who've been shadowing us since the Pitt. They've all agreed to meet, but they want to talk to you first."