Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial


Columbus, Nebraska

The Higgins Memorial Project was conceived, designed, and completed through the efforts of Jerry Meyer and his students at Columbus High School of Columbus, Nebraska. This unique memorial has three purposes: To honor Andrew Jackson Higgins. To honor the workers of Higgins Industries and all the men and women who designed and manufactured equipment for World War II. To honor the soldiers and sailors who rode the Higgins boats in to battle.

The PA33-21 Higgins boat (LCVP) as initially placed in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion of the National D-Day Museum. The centerpiece of the Higgins Memorial Project is a life-sized replica of a Higgins boat made of steel and set in sand as if beached. The ramp is down to allow visitors to walk inside. Sand samples collected from numerous invasion beaches are mixed with the sand surrounding the boat. A memorial plaque to Mr. Higgins and a historical marker about him and his workers accent the project.

  • Location

    Pawnee Park
    3420 Pawnee Plaza
    Columbus, NE 68601

  • Address

    The Columbus Chamber of Commerce
    753 33rd Avenue
    Columbus, NE 68601