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Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
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Le monument Higgins-Boat

Higgins Boat Monument

Fred Hoppe
2015

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont /  Le monument Higgins-Boat   Sainte-Marie-du-Mont /  Le monument Higgins-Boat

Description

Life-sized replica of a LCVP (Higgins boat) made of steel and set in sand as if beached. Running from the boat are sculptures by Fred Hoppe depicting a soldier from each of the three wars in which Higgins Boats served (World War II, the Korean, and Vietnam War).

Information Sign

HIGGINS BOAT MONUMENT

    On June 6, 1944 the majority of Allied troops initially arriving on the
Normandy Beaches landed in one of two craft: the British Landing Craft
Assault (LCA) or the American Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP).
In fact, some 1,089 LCVPs took part in D-Day.
    Developed by Andrew Jackson Higgins in 1941, the LCVP was built by
Higgins Industries in New Orleans. The Higgins Boat carried up to 36 troops,
was capable of up to 12 knots and could be outfitted with a pair of Browning
M1919 machine guns. The boats were crewed by four personnel.
    By the time of the Normandy landings the LCVP had been used in every
theatre of operations including Operation Torch in North Africa, landings
in Italy, and in southern France. It was also used in the Pacific theatre.
    This memorial to Higgins, his boats, and the men who rode ashore in them
has been given to the people of France by the citizens of Columbus, Nebraska,
the birthplace of Andrew Jackson Higgins. The memorial here is a replica of
a memorial built in Columbus in 2001, and is also a celebration of partnership
between Columbus and Sainte Marie du Mont ... two communities tied together
by history and a heritage of freedom.

Annotation

Unveiled 6 June 2015. The Higgins Memorial Project of Columbus, Nebraska, of 2000-2001 was conceived, designed, and completed through the efforts of Jerry Meyer and his students at Columbus High School of Columbus, Nebraska. The statues were added later in 2002.

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Le monument Higgins-Boat

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Location (N 49°24'56" - W 1°10'31")

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