World War II Era Boat Makes Another Landing at Inventors Hall of Fame
An LCVP during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Photo courtesy: National World War II Museum.
• The National Inventors Hall of Fame is exhibiting one of the fewer than 20 original LCVPs on
• June 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy
during World War II. The LCVP was the primary boat used to carry American troops ashore
during the landing.
• Andrew Higgins, inventor of the LCVP, will be Inducted into the Hall of Fame in May 2019.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – [April 8, 2019] – A restored Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), or
“Higgins Boat,” will be landing at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Museum for a new,
interactive outdoor exhibit.
Invented by 2019 NIHF Inductee Andrew Higgins, the LCVP was most notably used to land American
troops on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and throughout the Pacific theatre.
To commemorate and honor Andrew Higgins’ innovations, the NIHF Museum is bringing an original
Higgins Boat to the museum on April 27.
There are fewer than 20 surviving authentic Higgins Boats on display around the world. The NIHF
Museum has procured a fully restored Higgins Boat, on loan from D-Day Ohio, and it will be displayed
in Dulany Gardens, outside of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters
and the NIHF Museum in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
Visitors will be able to climb onto the Higgins Boat — once equipped to carry 36 combat-ready infantry
men, a jeep and 12 troops, or 8,100 pounds of cargo, with the ability to float in 3 feet of water.
During the war, Higgins Industries built more than 20,000 landing craft of various designs for the U.S.
military. At one point, 92 percent of the U.S. Navy’s watercraft were designed by the company.
At 11 feet wide, 36 feet long and made
primarily of plywood, the LCVP traveled
more than 300 miles to reach the NIHF
In addition to playing a major role in the
D-Day victory, the revolutionary craft
was also used in the Mediterranean and
across the Pacific, for island hopping
through Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and
Okinawa, and it allowed the U.S. Army
to cross the Rhine River into Germany in
“The National Inventors Hall of Fame
honors the innovation game-changes
who have transformed our world,” said
NIHF CEO Michael J. Oister. “We are proud to honor Andrew Higgins and the impact the LCVP had on
World War II during this 75th anniversary of D-Day by displaying an original Higgins Boat outside our
Once visitors stepped inside the Higgins Boat, they can venture to America’s Monument to
Innovation® — the NIHF Museum. There, visitors can learn more about Higgins’ impact on the war and
the New Orleans community.
Called the “The Man Who Won the War” by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower, Higgins employed roughly 25,000 workers at
Higgins Industries during the height of the war and owned
seven boatyards and factories in the New Orleans area.
Higgins died in 1952, and Higgins Industries closed its doors
in 1959, but the legacy of his invention lives on in wartime
Higgins Boats have been featured cinematically in awardwinning movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” starring Tom
Hanks, and 1962’s “The Longest Day,” with John Wayne.
Visitors can share the experience using #HigginsBoat.
The boat will be on display until July 27. Learn more about
Higgins and the LCVP at invent.org/museum.
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nonprofit organization in America dedicated to recognizing
inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and
advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the
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whose inventions have made the world a better place, but to ensuring American ingenuity continues to
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and collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering and
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