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By Jerry E. Strahan

Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That gained international conflict II, by means of Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of probably the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It was once Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft motor vehicle, body of workers) that performed the sort of important position within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and millions of amphibious attacks during the Pacific. It was once additionally Higgins who, after two decades of failure via the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and developed an efficient tank touchdown craft in sixty-one hours - a feat that triggered the bureau to despise him. In 1938, Higgins owned a unmarried small boatyard in New Orleans applying fewer than seventy-five humans. via extraordinary force, imaginative and prescient, and genius, his holdings multiplied till via past due 1943 he owned seven crops and hired greater than twenty thousand staff. as a result of his acceptance for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins used to be provided the biggest shipbuilding and plane contracts in heritage. throughout the struggle, Higgins Industries produced 20,094 boats, starting from the 36-foot LCVP to the lightning-fast PT boats; the rocket-firing touchdown craft aid boats; the 56-foot tank touchdown craft; the 170-foot FS ships; and the 27-foot airborne lifeboat that used to be dropped from the stomach of a B-17 bomber. Higgins devoted himself to offering Allied squaddies with the best touchdown craft on the planet, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington paperwork, and the strong jap shipyards in an effort to be successful. Strahan's portrait of Higgins unearths a colourful personality - a hard-fisted, hard-swearing, and hard-drinking guy whose Irishbackground and Nebraska birthplace made him an intruder to New Orleans' elite social circles. Higgins used to be additionally tough operating, quick progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to a tremendous industrialist with a global recognition. He used to be featured in existence, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune

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His new occupation was as a truck driver for an Omaha wholesale dry goods concern. Within seven months he had risen to the position of house superintendent. In less than two years his new employer, M. E. 8 In 1906, at the age of twenty, Higgins decided that his future was in the South. "9 Using his savings, he purchased a farm and adjacent timber acreage in Mobile County, Alabama. Next, he enrolled in a three-month modern farming course at Auburn University. Afterward, he claimed to have amazed county farm officials with his high yield per acre.

Kenneth Sides of PC Pros in Bridgeport, Texas, introduced me to the world of computers. Without his assistance I would still be typing the first chapter. Page xvi Last, but not of least importance, I would like to thank my wife, Jane, who during graduate school typed my thesis and has been very understanding over the years. She often accused me of getting a master's in Higgins, not history. She may be correct. Page 1 Introduction In September, 1943, when the United States Fifth Army landed at Salerno, Italy, and General Douglas MacArthur's forces captured Salamaua in New Guinea, the American navy totaled 14,072 vessels.

The approximate date of April, 1937, was determined by the two tugs being built in accompanying picture. Page 20 company. Ed, the oldest at twenty-eight, was the mechanical genius of the family and served as the company's chief mechanic. , now twenty-six, was the office manager and handled most of the administrative duties. " Frank, twenty-four, was listed as the head of the BSC and served as its field superintendent. The youngest son, Roland, was only sixteen and still in school. 37 In November, 1938, when businesses began to purchase boats and the need for the leasing company began to fade, Higgins hired a young man named Teddy Sprague.

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