Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Andrew Higgins, LCVP, D-Day and Thank You
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, D-Day, the largest Allied amphibious landing in world history. The Allied Forces of WWII landed in France on June 6, 1944.. This invasion would eventually lead to freedom in Europe.
I recently visited the World War II Museum in New Orleans Louisiana. The museum is located in NOLA because Andrew Higgins who designed the LCVP – Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel was from Louisiana. It was this vehicle designed by a whiskey drinking Irishman from New Orleans that allowed the invasion of Normandy Beaches to take place. https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/courses/ww2/projects/fighting-vehicles/higgins-boat.htm
A Higgins LCVP is one of the first items you seen as you enter the WWII Museum. As you stand near the landing craft, your brain and camera see this:
But your mind, memories and heart see these. The lump forms in your throat, your eyes tear and you wonder at their heroism.
A World War II Veteran always sits at the entrance of the WWII Museum. This hero had just sat down for his shift. Check his cap. The second photo is when I asked him if he had ever been on an Honor Flight to see The World War II Memorial. Check his expression as he said – “Just got back last week. It was great!”
Thank you for our freedom.