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

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The following is a facsimile of the Proclamation signed by Nebraska Governor, Mike Johannes, proclaiming August 28 as the official Andrew Jackson Higgins Day.



Andrew Jackson Higgins, a native Nebraska, was born in Columbus, Nebraska, on August 28, 1886: and


Mr. Higgins' design for shallow draft boats was influenced by the Loup and Platte Rivers of Nebraska.  He attended Creighton University in Omaha prior to moving south to start his own lumber business - extracting hardwood from southern swamps; and
Mr. Higgins' knowledge of shallow draft boats was sought after by oil companies, government agencies and the military; and
In 1940, Mr. Higgins went to the Philippines to purchase mahogany with his own capital.  He built landing crafts that he felt the country would need if the United States became involved in World War II, showing great foresight in providing for the welfare of this great nation; and
Mr. Higgins founded Higgins Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was the designer and producer of the famed LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel), also called "Higgins Boat."  This versatile craft was the backbone of the strategic plan to defeat the Axis Powers during World War II.  His boats were instrumental in every invasion during the war, including D-Day: and
During an interview on the anniversary of D-Day, General, and later President, Dwight D. Eisenhower said that Mr. Higgins" won the war for us."  Eisenhower stressed that, without the Higgins Boat, the whole invasion strategy would have been different and more costly; and
Mr. Higgins died on August 1, 1952, and is buried in New Orleans.  The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans has honored him by having an exact replica of a Higgins Boat as the centerpiece of the museum displays - a rightful place for a great Nebraska hero.

I, Mike Johanns, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the 28th day of August, 2000 as


In Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to join in remembrance of this extraordinary hero of World War II.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, and cause the Great Seal of the State of Nebraska to be affixed this Ninth day of August, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand.

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