Columbus in Platte County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Andrew Jackson Higgins
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.
Erected by Columbus High School Students and Staff, Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 424.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society
Location. 41° 25.126′ N, 97° 22.107′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Nebraska, in Platte County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 30 0.3 miles south of 6th St, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Pawnee Park. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NE 68601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Michael's Catholic Church Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); United Methodist Church Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named United Methodist Church Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary's Catholic Church Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); North Branch, Oregon Trail (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
More about this marker. Marker is part of a larger area dedicated to Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Higgins boat including a replica Higgins boat and a statue of the man. The Memorial itself originated as a service-learning project by students at Columbus High School.
Also see . . . Higgins Memorial Website. Includes biography (Submitted on August 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Military • Notable Persons • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2008, by Michael James of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 2,992 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2008, by Michael James of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.