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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (1st District of Nebraska)

(LINCOLN, NE) ––Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) issued the following statement today upon learning of the passing of British Army Major Timothy Kilvert-Jones, who helped inspire the effort to create a Higgins Boat memorial on Utah Beach in Normandy, France. 

“I am very sad to learn that WWII military historian and British Army Major Timothy Kilvert-Jones has died in Normandy, France.  As the citizens of Columbus may remember, Major Kilvert-Jones came to Nebraska and met with our veterans, and upon seeing the Higgins Boat Memorial, had an insightful question: what about another one for France?” Fortenberry said.

“Major Kilvert-Jones had extensive knowledge of the key role the Higgins Boat played in the D-Day invasion.  The Higgins boat was named after its inventor, Columbus native Andrew Jackson Higgins,” Fortenberry added.

“Major Kilvert-Jones and I stayed in frequent touch over the years.  He was extremely grateful to the community of Columbus for their hard work in making the new memorial in France happen.  He told me that the Higgins Boat Monument has transformed the experience for visitors to Normandy,” Fortenberry said.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Member of the House