|Date of birth:||April 29, 2245|
- "You're right. Nobody has hands that are as dirty as mine. But with everything I've seen these past seven years, I've come to realize the life I'm living isn't the kind that ends happily. And that's fine with me. Because all I care about until that day comes is leaving something behind that's worth leaving."
- ―Cade explains his cause for helping the Wasteland to Anna Taylor
Cade was raised in a simple life at a farm, his father being a premier hunter. When he was young, Cade wasn't exactly the most social child, preferring to stay outside and wanted to desperately explore the rest of the fascinating wastes, much to the displeasure of his mother. He grew up reading Pre-War comics and listening on the local radio networks that were broadcasting his favorite music. When Cade grew older, his father trained him in using a rifle, along with simplistic survival techniques. Cade would eventually go out of his way to explore outside his home, usually purchasing food and supplies from merchants while helping his mother to keep the farm and house in check. When he turned 19, Cade witnessed the New California Republic move in to their territory. Heavily inspired by the stories he heard as a child, and with prior hunting experience, Cade soon enlisted as a trooper for the NCR in 2268.
Cade became very loyal and patriotic to the New California Republic and their goals of restoring order and bringing back the beliefs of democracy. Cade wasn't blind to the negative aspects of the NCR, but held pride in his job and felt that if the NCR possessed the room to improve, then he would help in any way he could along the way.
Cade's quickly exceeded his training and was assigned to the army's 1st company, 4th battalion. The battalion he was a part of was usually ordered to guard NCR outposts. Cade didn't get the chance to prove his worth until around 2273 when one of the outposts that his platoon was savagely attacked by the Jackal raider group. With half of the troopers killed and the other taken captive including himself, Cade desperately tried to escape, only to catch the attention of the Jackal's leader, Banshee. Banshee beat Cade, and used him as an example to the rest of his platoon that