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Hey, you're not dead! I owe Thompson a cold one.

Sergeant Fred Radcliff is a former U.S. Army soldier in Appalachia.


Sergeant Radcliff first enlisted into the Army during the onset of the Resource Wars, and was immediately shipped off to the frontlines. He described himself as a "dumb kid" who survived thanks to his squadmates, Captain Fields and Sergeant Thompson, watching out for him, with him losing only one toe to frostbite as compared to Thompson, who lost three.[1] Radcliff is the squad's technical expert, and he describes himself as highly knowledgeable about all manner of robots and systems.

All three - as well as several military working dogs, including Private Lucky - were later part of the original team responsible for moving the gold reserves at Fort Knox to Vault 79. However, the Vault closed, and they were left outside when the Great War struck. Equipped in their Power Armors,[1] they wandered for years, always staying near Appalachia, deciding to return after hearing it was safe enough to come back.[2] Before reaching Appalachia though, they ended up in the Pitt and attempted to save the civilians there, but were unsuccessful. In the aftermath, seeing Captain Fields wounded, Radcliff ruminated on their survival and considered simply retiring and forgetting the past. However, they were convinced to hang on after hearing once again the broadcast from military remnants back in Appalachia, and became convinced to return "home."[1] On their return trip, the soldiers ended up following and observing the Settlers as they made their journey from the Pitt to Appalachia. Eventually, they all agreed to a meeting with the Vault Dweller at the ransacked bunker.[3] Radcliff also has quite a sense of humor and will often make jokes even during life-or-death situations.

Upon reaching Foundation, Radcliff and Jen begin to constantly bicker. While Captain Fields excuses Jen due to her young age, he doesn't approve Radcliff's conduct since he is old enough to behave.[4] Radcliff will also express his desire to finally retire from his military life and settle down as a farmer.[5]

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.
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This character is a temporary companion.
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This character is involved in quests.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Dirty Army fatigues Assault rifle


He will disappear from Foundation after completing Secrets Revealed for the Settlers.


Radcliff appears in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Behind the scenes

After preparing a brain during Duty Calls, Radcliff calls the player character "chef brainardee," referencing the canned pasta brand Chef Boyardee.[6]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Old Guard, Vol 14: Ch 2
  2. 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."
    (Oliver Fields' dialogue)
  3. 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.
    (Paige's dialogue)
  4. Vault Dweller: "Can you tell me about the other people here?"
    Oliver Fields: "They're all upstanding folk. Paige wouldn't let them in if they weren't. Only personal problem I've got is Radcliff and Jen constantly sniping at each other. Most of us wish they would just shack up and get it over with."
    (Oliver Fields' dialogue)
  5. Fred Radcliff: "No offense to Fields or Thompson, but I'm thinking about retiring to one of those farmsteads. Grow some crops, take naps, escape Lucky's drool."
    (Fred Radcliff's dialogue)
  6. Fred Radcliff: "All right, look at you. The chef supreme of brains. Chef brainardee. Chef des brains-ine."
    (Fred Radcliff's dialogue)