Andrew Jackson Higgins

Andrew Jackson Higgins (HM6A8)

Location: Columbus, NE 68601 Platte County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 25.126', W 97° 22.107'

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Andrew Jackson Higgins, designer and manufacturer of World War II landing craft known as "Higgins boats," was born August 28, 1886, at Columbus, Nebraska. His parents were John Gonegle Higgins, a prominent lawyer and judge, and Annie Long O'Connor Higgins. Both parents are buried in Columbus. Higgins attended schools in Omaha and served in the Nebraska National Guard. In 1906 he moved to the South, entering the lumber and shipping business.

Higgins's expertise would win him fame in World War II, when Higgins Industries of New Orleans produced more than 20,000 boats. Many were LCVPs (Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel), a key to the success of Allied amphibious invasions, including D-Day on June 6, 1944. Higgins boats were also used in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

Higgins died on August 1, 1952, and is buried at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans. In 1964 Dwight D. Eisenhower said Higgins was "the man who won the war for us." In 2000 the National D-Day Museum opened in New Orleans, honoring Higgins and the city for their vital contributions to the war effort.
HM NumberHM6A8
Series This marker is part of the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series
Marker Number424
Placed ByColumbus High School Students and Staff, Nebraska State Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 636346 N 4586530
Decimal Degrees41.41876667, -97.36845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 25.126', W 97° 22.107'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 25' 7.56" N, 97° 22' 6.42" W
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Area Code(s)402, 308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 265 33rd Ave, Columbus NE 68601, US
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