NOLA 300: New Orleans during WWII, 20 photos - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

NOLA 300: New Orleans during WWII, 20 photos

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The City of New Orleans made a massive and unique contribution to America's World War II effort.

New Orleans was home to Higgins Industries. With humble beginnings, Higgins Industries exploded with the war. Higgins grew from 79 employees in 1939, to more than 20,000 by war's end, according to Nola.com |The Times-Picayune.

Andrew Jackson Higgins, an entrepreneur from Nebraska, founded Higgins Industries in New Orleans. Prior to the war, the company specialized in designing small shallow-draft boats for operating the shallow marches and swamps of Louisiana. The US Navy used some of these early ‘Eureka Boats' boats.

After adding a front ramp to the design, the famed LCVP “Higgins Boat” was born.

Higgins' amphibious boat designs allowed for the mass delivery of men and equipment from ship to shore.

His ships were used in every major American amphibious operation in the European and Pacific theaters, including D-Day in Normandy, according to the National WWI Museum.

His workforce in New Orleans was also the first to be racially integrated, employing blacks, whites, seniors and people with disabilities.

Following the war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called Higgins "the man who won the war for us.”

Mobile user? View all 20 photos here: http://bit.ly/14RRGsN 

Related:

TBT: The Causeway Bridge, building a concrete marvel http://bit.ly/1BhyOBZ

TBT: LSU Tigers football, 30 photos http://bit.ly/1E8EmuI

TBT: Abandoned Six Flags/Jazzland, 40 photos http://bit.ly/1pqxDLv

TBT: St. Louis Cemetery, a city of the dead http://bit.ly/1q3V9Zu

TBT: Storyville, New Orleans' red-light district http://bit.ly/1wbFbAe

TBT: New Orleans Pelican Stadium, 15 photos http://bit.ly/1sXwV8W

TBT: Tulane University, 25 photos http://bit.ly/Zt0dzt

TBT: Superdome construction, 1971-1975 http://bit.ly/VpKrTP

TBT: Pontchartrain Beach, 50 photos http://bit.ly/1wcUGfj

TBT: New Orleans City Park, 40 photos http://bit.ly/1n1O4N4

TBT: A look back at the iconic New Orleans streetcar, 30 photoshttp://bit.ly/1rmA0wc

TBT: Audubon Park and Zoo, 35 photos http://bit.ly/1AULBVj

TBT: The historic French Quarter, 30 vintage photos http://bit.ly/1AULBVj

TBT: The New Orleans riverfront, 30 photos http://bit.ly/YUEsb9

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Woman and child shot in early morning double shooting, suspect arrested

    Two people are injured and a suspect is in custody following a double shooting in the Seventh Ward, according to the New Orleans Police Department. 

    more>>

    Two people are injured and a suspect is in custody following a double shooting in the Seventh Ward, according to the New Orleans Police Department. 

    more>>
  • Police find 1 dead after shooting in St. Roch neighborhood

    Police find 1 dead after shooting in St. Roch neighborhood

    The New Orleans Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting in the St. Roch Neighborhood. The shooting was reported at the intersection of North Prieur and Franklin Avenue. Initial reports say one victim was found dead at the location. NOPD is investigating the incident and has not provided any additional information at this time. 

    more>>

    The New Orleans Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting in the St. Roch Neighborhood. The shooting was reported at the intersection of North Prieur and Franklin Avenue. Initial reports say one victim was found dead at the location. NOPD is investigating the incident and has not provided any additional information at this time. 

    more>>
  • Report: Saints won't match Ravens offer for Willie Snead

    Report: Saints won't match Ravens offer for Willie Snead

    Willike Snead is now a Baltimore Raven. Source: Mark LaGrangeWillike Snead is now a Baltimore Raven. Source: Mark LaGrange
    Willike Snead is now a Baltimore Raven. Source: Mark LaGrangeWillike Snead is now a Baltimore Raven. Source: Mark LaGrange
    The Saints won't match the Ravens offer for wide receiver Willie Snead. That's according to a tweet by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The #Saints won’t match the offer sheet for RFA WR Willie Snead, source said. He’s officially a member of the #Ravens. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2018 According to Rapoport, the deal is two years, with a $7M base salary. It can be worth up to $10.4M in incentives. Snead gets a $2M signing bonus, and an additional $1M base ...more>>
    The Saints won't match the Ravens offer for wide receiver Willie Snead. That's according to a tweet by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The #Saints won’t match the offer sheet for RFA WR Willie Snead, source said. He’s officially a member of the #Ravens. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2018 According to Rapoport, the deal is two years, with a $7M base salary. It can be worth up to $10.4M in incentives. Snead gets a $2M signing bonus, and an additional $1M base ...more>>
Powered by Frankly