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- See Fields for other articles with titles that contain, either by relationship or by coincidence, this character's surname.
In the 2280s, Fields was the captain of the Federation starship USS Cluster, assigned as a training vessel with a handful of senior staff leading a crew entirely composed of cadets and trainees. Fields considered his vessel one of the more decorated vessels in Starfleet.
In 2286, Fields and his command crew beamed down to a class M planet in sector 9, investigating evidence of alien encroachment. Fields's landing party found a colony with a Romulan population, which was being defended by the crew of the Z1-class cruiser Harrier. Romulan military personnel attacked Fields and party, killing all of them with disruptor fire. Romulan Commander Lazar used a disruptor pistol to kill Fields, execution style, in the final shot of the massacre.
Fields's final act was to use his communicator to order the Cluster's cadet commanding officer, Commander Ronald Penn, to raise deflector shields and bring the vessel back to a Federation outpost, out of range of Lazar's Harrier. As acting captain, Penn chose to disobey Fields's order, and kept the shields down in order to try to beam Fields up before the Romulans could fire the final shot. Penn's order was seconds too late, and only part of Field's disruptor-shot remains were brought aboard. Captain James T. Kirk later chastised Penn for not following Fields's simple last orders, as the decisions that Penn made cost the lives of many of the cadet crew. (TOS comic: "Idol Threats")
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