Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University
 
Related Sites

 

Alum Success

Luke Fera

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major

"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Fera of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

Watch Luke on YouTube


    A bugler starts the day at Fort Brady, with the Jail House (aka East Hall) in the background.

    Daily life at Fort Brady began at sunrise and ended at sunset. Each morning at sunrise a soldier would play his bugle into a large metal megaphone, projecting the strains of Reveille across the fort grounds. Buglers were stationed in front of the post guardhouse, known today as East Hall.

    Meals were served in the cafeteria located between the infantry barracks. Throughout the day troopers could have hot meals served at the snack bar, an underground restaurant located in the basement of Brady Hall, which was then used as barracks for officers.


    Snowshoe troopers in training.

    After a hot breakfast soldiers broke down into companies to begin their training.

    Colonel Nash and the snowshoe troopers trained every day for European warfare, often in weather conditions ranging from zero to sixteen degrees below zero. The snowshoe troopers traveled several miles each day through the dense temperate forest of the Upper Peninsula with weapons and military equipment strapped to their backs. The troopers were camouflaged in white long underwear shirts and dark brown pants, used to blend in with the snow. Instead of helmets troopers wore thick, wool ski masks which exposed only eyes and lips.

     


    Ski troopers prepare to depart, with Brady Hall in the background.

    Ski troopers traveled cross country on skis with their weapons strapped to their backs. The troopers wore white tops and green camouflaged pants. During extremely cold weather exercises ski troopers wore long wool coats with a weapons belt around their waists. These weapons belts contained ammunition, first aid kits, and green bandages used for tending wounds.

    The police battalions marched on the fort grounds and patrolled the area surrounding the Sault Locks. When the battalions were not marching they engaged in target practice. The left image below shows the battalions marching, with the horse stable (Fletcher Center), fort library (small white building to left of horse stable) and the maintenance buildings in the background. The right image shows the police battalion preparing to fire their weapons at a public display at the fort, circa winter 1941. The police battalion was assigned to the Fort in the Summer of 1941 and was dismissed in the Spring of 1942.

Highest Awards

Brittany Currie

Third Place
Lake Superior State University

2004 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

[ more ]

Apply Today!

Home » Fort Brady > Everyday Day Life
Share this page with your friends: