If you ever pass through New Orleans, a must see is the National WW2 museum (https://www.nationalww2museum.org/) which is located on the site of one of the Higgins boat factories. The museum was originally called the National D-Day museum, but expanded and was renamed.
Andrew Jackson Higgins (28 August 1886 – 1 August 1952) founded Higgins Industries, the New Orleans-based manufacturer of "Higgins boats" (LCVPs) during World War II. The company started out as a small boat-manufacturing business, and became one of the biggest industries in the world with upwards of eighty thousand workers and government contracts worth nearly three hundred fifty million dollars. General Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying, "Andrew Higgins ... is the man who won the war for us. ... If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different."
Found this interesting video on the museum website:
Thanks for the outstanding video! A surviving hero...amazing!
Many years ago I had the honor of having dinner with a veteran survivor of Omaha beach. Some scary stories! The year of the 50th anniversary of DDay, my wife and I were with a bicycling group on the same beach holding a service...I teared up. Very humbling experience.
I was highly impressed with how clean and well manicured the American cemetery was.
Hogpatrol, thanks for posting. I had a 2nd cousin, Dennis Spiece who went ashore with the 531st Engineers at Utah Beach.
Few kids today can appreciate the magnitude of what happened just 76 years ago. Very sad.
I have to bite my tongue when I see these spoiled brats moan about not going to their proms, graduations and playing sports. Would I want them to again go ashore on Omaha beach? Hell no, but good grief, be thankful for what you have, not what you don't have.
I'm trying to obtain an Australian Visa, but I was arrested over 10 years ago and the government is requesting a state police clearance letter and character declaration letter. Do I need to provide an FBI criminal record check as well?
This is the most difficult place I have ever tried to get into.