Higgins, Stephen Ambrose, Louisiana discussed on Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis


Higgins and this is back in nineteen ninety four thanks to a Brian lamb interview with Stephen Ambrose what did Ambrose and his team learned about Higgins building lebron bows for the exploration of the oil companies in the swamps of Louisiana in the late nineteen thirties he was at a flat bottom boats already the marines came to him in nineteen thirty nine so we're gonna get into the war and we're gonna need landing craft and you're doing the best flat bottom boats around you enter a competition and he did since then like is both the marines log and they insisted on it is a thirty two foot ball carrier to tune them thirty minutes to officers flat bottom with the steel ramp made out of plywood very constructive very simple desire for Instacart boxes what is but it was a boat that can handle heavy seas go through a surf could go into will be dropped at random thing you've got thirty minutes arguing out of that boat going right on into the enemy positions then and this was the key thing he developed a system we are protected propeller on it so that he could go right on into the sand bottom out drop an anchor as stern as you would have to put a little breaking Stratton motor on the back of that boat Hey good let himself off with that bridge constructor portal that both back office and then here was the key to it all turn the servant get headed back out again without broken when it was broadsided the surf got to the mother ship and pick up another log Pickens had eighty employees in nineteen thirty nine the marines went for this vote the army love the bulk orders were placed Hagens expanded from a little almost out of my pocket in the factory thank you I simply plan you have four different ones in New Orleans online or campus thirty thousand employees and he turned out twenty thousand these landing craft in the course of the war you can use to design a king is a production it was a lousy businessman when we come back more DD stories more Stephen Ambrose and so much more the D. day story here on our American story for the hour have you ever hired.

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