Higgins Boat Monument
La Madeleine, Utah Beach
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This is one of the most iconic boats in WW2 history - the Higgins boat or LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel).
Standing near the Utah Beach Landing Museum at La Madeleine, this type of US developed craft delivered troops and jeeps onto the beaches as the liberation of Europe began on June 6, 1944.
Created 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.