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