“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Higgins Boat (LCVP)

Higgins Boat (LCVP) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kimberly Edwards, February 10, 2012
1. Higgins Boat (LCVP) Marker
Inscription.  On this site at 1755 St. Charles Avenue in May 1941, Andrew Jackson Higgins and Higgins Industries Inc. designed and produced America’s first successful tank landing craft. Here Higgins produced his shallow draft "Eureka" work boats, which evolved into the famed Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel or LCVP. During World War II Higgins Industry produced 20,094 boats for the Allied forces. The Higgins LCVP and larger Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) boats revolutionized modern warfare by allowing an amphibious force to land men and equipment across a bow ramp over an open beach. The Higgins boats participated in the landings at Salerno, Normandy, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and hundreds of lesser known amphibious assaults. Many of these same craft remained in service until the 1970s and may still be found on rivers around the world. Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower once referred to Higgins as “the man who won the war for us.”

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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1941.
Location. 29° 56.195′ N, 90° 4.656′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Felicity Street on St. Charles Avenue. The marker is place in the neutral ground of St. Charles Avenue across from Houston's Restaurant, which sits on the site of the original Higgin's boat office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1755 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Byrd Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mass Lynching in New Orleans / Racial Violence in America (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Church Episcopal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Theresa of Avila Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bradish Johnson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Margaret's Place and Walk / Lower Garden District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Adams – Jones House (approx. half a mile away); The Manse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2012, by Michael Edwards of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then and 22 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 4, 2012, by Michael Edwards of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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May. 28, 2022