At some point before 2077, Nate served in the U.S. Army during the Sino-American War in the 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry Regiment, but eventually retired. At some point, he married Nora and they had a son, Shaun. On the morning of October 23, 2077, Nate was preparing for an event at the Veteran's Hall in Concord when a Vault-Tecrepresentative approaches the family and approves them for admittance into Vault 111.
Mere moments later, a news bulletin warns of an imminent nuclear attack, which forces Nate, Nora, and Shaun to rush to the vault prior to a nuclear bomb detonating nearby. After entering the vault, the family, along with all of the other admitted residents, are placed in cryo-sleep. If he was not chosen to be the player character, he will be executed by two mysterious figures, one of them being Kellogg, while attempting to stop them from kidnapping Shaun.