The PT-305, a fully restored Higgins Boat, moves atop a barge along the Mississippi River past St. Louis Cathedral after being restored for the past decade at the restoration center at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, La., Saturday, November 19, 2016. The boat will be tested and then become a sea-going museum exhibit in April 2017. Over 110,000 volunteer hours were spent restoring the boat originally built by Higgins Industries in New Orleans for World War II. By the end of the WWII over ninety percent of the U.S. Navy fleet was designed or built by Andrew Higgins and he is credited by General Dwight Eisenhower as "the man who won the war for us."

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

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.

John Singleton

equipment designer