As we recently commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the citizens of Louisiana should be proud of its adopted son, Andrew Jackson Higgins.
In my opinion, Higgins has been, and remains unheralded as a true World War II hero. His Higgins boats, according to Dwight Eisenhower, made a crucial difference in the United States winning the war. I can’t remember ever hearing Higgins' name mentioned in any of my history classes as a student in Louisiana, and hopefully that error has been corrected. Although Higgins was a native of Nebraska, he came to New Orleans at an early age and ultimately built a massive boat and ship building enterprise in Louisiana. Jerry Strahan, a Louisiana native, wrote a very good book on the history of Higgins. It seems like Louisiana is always searching, often in the wrong places, for heroes within our state.
Higgins should be held in high esteem, and his story should be told in every Louisiana school with great pride.