He joined the United States Army as a "self-centered kid who wanted to play with guns", and thought that enlisting was "just a way to blow shit up in the name of God and Uncle Sam". He laced his boots in Georgia, and was deployed overseas to take up guard duty for a camp of 800 soldiers. At some point later, he left the army, and became part of a union. A friend of his named Roger helped him take over a work site by a neighborhood in South Boston, and became the foreman with ease after joining a placement program for veterans in the union.
At some point shortly before the Great War of October 23rd, 2077, one of his old army acquaintances, Lavonne, who he had last seen in a briefing room in Portland, phoned him abruptly telling him about her nephew's baseball team. The foreman thought she was speaking in some sort of code, and didn't like what he thought she might have meant. The foreman then sent all his workers home for the day to be with their families, telling them it was "a union thing". As he was sleeping in his chair in the factory when the Great War occurred, Boston was hit by a nuclear weapon in its southwestern outskirts. He also heard radio reporters talking about the town of Framingham, located three miles southwest of Natick and now part of the Glowing Sea, saying that it had been wiped out. The foreman believed he would have been vaporized if he had been doing his regular thing upon impact, and thanked Lavonne for warning him.
The foreman is only mentioned in Fallout 4.