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Andrew Jackson was born in Columbus, Nebraska back in 1886 to John and Annie. He attended Creighton Prep High School however, he was expelled for fighting. He joined the Nebraska Army National Guard reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. In 1906, he moved to Mobile, Alabama to enter the lumber business.

He founded his business in 1922, more on that in a moment. He exported lumber from the Philippines, Central America and Africa. He needed a fleet to haul the cargo so he started building his own. At one time, he owned the largest fleet of sailing ships under American registry. What the issue was he needed shallow draft vessels to maneuver the waterways.

His true calling didn’t come about until WWII and of course that is the rest of the story. Due to his experience in building boats with a shallow draft he built a series of landing craft known as “Higgins boats”.  So, Andrew Jackson Higgins was responsible for building those Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) boats that transported personnel from the larger ships to the shores.

With his guidance, there were over 20,000 of his boats built, thus insuring the Allies of victory.   Even Adolf Hitler bitterly dubbed him the “New Noah”. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another American hero who was responsible for changing and improving our method of surviving during wartime.

Feb 25, 2018 04:00 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Got to love his creativity. Nothing was going to stop him. Enjoy your day!

Feb 25, 2018 04:58 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a great invention to help the military. Make it a great Sunday.

Feb 25, 2018 05:19 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now that was quite the invention, James, that helped win wars.

Feb 25, 2018 05:22 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for telling us about Andrew Jackson Higgins.

Feb 25, 2018 05:30 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A good offense has a good defense.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 25, 2018 05:34 AM #6
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Higgins boats were built in New Orleans and you can see one in the WWII museum in New Orleans. It was a huge manufacturing endeavor in WWII, supplying boats that could land on a beach.

Feb 25, 2018 05:38 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Always a surprise with a a familiar name. Very neat.

Feb 25, 2018 05:41 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If my memory serves me well, I I think there has been a few noteworthy Andrew Jacksons.

Feb 25, 2018 06:16 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A great invention that helped shaped history !

Feb 25, 2018 06:17 AM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray  what an American hero  he made such a mark on history

Feb 25, 2018 07:42 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was quite the achievement that made a huge difference in the world.

Feb 25, 2018 08:29 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Another great story about an impressive individual and an equally impressive achievement!


Feb 25, 2018 08:39 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting gentleman you shared with us, and those boats did make a difference in the war.  A

Feb 25, 2018 11:20 AM #14
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

How interesting. I had never heard that name used for those boats. He sure made a lot of them. Thanks for sharing. 

Feb 25, 2018 05:49 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for yet another enjoyable history lesson.  Creativity and problem solving were definitely two of his strengths.

Feb 25, 2018 07:24 PM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I went to the World War II museum in New Orleans were I learned about this and heard that they were tested on Lake Pontchartrain.


Feb 26, 2018 04:50 AM #17
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Noone can know for sure who or what helped reach the turning point on the German front, but I would say Higgins landing craft was right near the top. 

Feb 26, 2018 06:24 AM #18
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

What a fantastic story:  the 'New Noah.'  Isn't it amazing, James, what some of the people contribute during a lifetime?!?

Feb 28, 2018 08:04 PM #19
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing, James Dray. I am always impressed by historical figures who accomplished so much :back then" Even today, most of their feats would be very impressive!


Mar 26, 2018 04:42 PM #20
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