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Andrew Jackson Higgins
(1886 - 1952)
Born in Columbus, Nebraska

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As dreams and plans for the Higgins Project began to become reality, special people were discovered.  Upon learning that Frank Micek, U.S. Navy retired, was living in Columbus, Nebraska, the Higgins Boat Committee met with him to listen and learn.  His first landing on Okinawa was on April 1, 1945, but he made a total of seven landings on Okinawa during the war.

According to Micek, the Higgins boats were versatile and easy to handle.  They were designed and built with a very shallow draft in order to move over obstacles in the water.  Each boat could carry between thirty to forty fully equipped soldiers.

Plans are in the process for Higgins to be placed in the Nebraska Hall of Fame.  Submission in 2004 and Acceptance in 2005

Troops disembarking LST to an awaiting Higgins Boat.

 

Tour The Higgins Boat In Action


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We would like to hear from more service men or anyone who was involved with the Higgins boats.  Did you pilot them?  Were you involved with the drop offs?  Did you help build the boats?  Do you have photos?  Let us know.  We want to hear your stories.


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