Most people know that New Orleans is steeped in history, but few know of the pivotal role New Olreans played in ending the second World War. Often, visitors wonder Why is the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans? Well, if you haven’t visited our world-class museum, we highly recommend doing so! As President Eisenhower stated to Dr. Stephen Ambrose Andrew Jackson Higgins is the man who won the war for us. Without Higgins designed boats that could land over open beachesthe whole strategy of the war would have to be rethought. Andrew Jackson Higgins was the founder and owner of Higgins Industries, a New Orleans based manufacturer of Higgins boats. which grew to be one of the biggest industries in the world, supplying 96% of U.S. Navy ships during the war! By the end of the war, 20,094 boats had been built by 30,000 New Orleanians at the 7 Higgins plants in New Orleans.