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By Jerry E. Strahan

ISBN-10: 0807123390

ISBN-13: 9780807123393

Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That received international struggle II, through Jerry E. Strahan, is the 1st biography of possibly the main forgotten hero of the Allied victory. It used to be Higgins who designed the LCVP (landing craft motor vehicle, group of workers) that performed this sort of important function within the invasion of Normandy, the landings in Guadalcanal, North Africa, and Leyte, and millions of amphibious attacks through the Pacific. It was once additionally Higgins who, after 20 years of failure by way of the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships, designed and developed a good tank touchdown craft in sixty-one hours - a feat that prompted 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 elevated until eventually by means of past due 1943 he owned seven vegetation and hired greater than twenty thousand employees. as a result of his acceptance for designing and generating attack craft in record-breaking time, Higgins was once presented the most important shipbuilding and plane contracts in heritage. through the warfare, Higgins Industries produced 20,094 boats, starting from the 36-foot LCVP to the lightning-fast PT boats; the rocket-firing touchdown craft help boats; the 56-foot tank touchdown craft; the 170-foot FS ships; and the 27-foot airborne lifeboat that was once dropped from the abdominal of a B-17 bomber. Higgins devoted himself to supplying Allied squaddies with the best touchdown craft on this planet, and he fought the Bureau of Ships, the Washington forms, and the strong jap shipyards in an effort to be triumphant. 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 difficult operating, fast progressing from an unknown southern boatbuilder to a big industrialist with a world acceptance. He was once featured in lifestyles, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune

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Johnston Company to sell directly to contractors. Johnston was included as a front man so retailers would not object when Higgins and Cady broke with trade customs and became involved in both wholesaling and retailing. The three men were to each invest $10,000 to finance the new company. Higgins and Johnston put up their money, but when Higgins asked Cady for his portion he was told to overdraw the Lumber and Export account when additional funds were necessary. The venture was successful because it also invested in gravel pits and sold its product for use in making roads.

He then immediately left for South Carolina. By the time he arrived, the ship had already departed and was heading out to sea, unaware that it was sailing into the path of a deadly hurricane. The 1920 storm devastated the East Coast and was assumed to have 15 "Andy Higgins Dies: Built Boats in War," New York Times, August 2, 1952, p. 15; Gilbert Burck, "Mr. Higgins and His Wonderful Boats," Life, August 16, 1943, p. 100. 16 United States Eastern District Court of Louisiana, Case 3174, 13. Page 13 been responsible for the disappearance of the Edith.

His administrative weaknesses were suddenly irrelevant. The war offered him opportunity. Had the Japanese not bombed Pearl Harbor, Higgins probably would have remained a successful, but small, southern boat builder. Because of the war, he rapidly became an internationally known figure. It was the production of landing craft and PT boats that made Higgins' name a household word. With the war draining the labor pool, he staffed his plants with a diversity of employees: healthy males who had not yet been drafted, women, blacks, elderly, and handicapped.

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