The Story of the man...
While growing up in the coal mining communities of Kentucky in the 30's and 40's, Sergeant Major Higgins learned some of the crucial skills that would later make him the self-sufficient professional he later became.
The life of a coal mining family teaches you many tough lessons early in life, one of which is resourcefulness. This talent was soon put to it's ultimate use when SGM Higgins began his military career with assignments in Germany and Korea.
His tour of duty during the Vietnam War centered around his responsibilities as Senior Enlisted Medial Advisor to MACV Advisory Team 87 and the 10th Infantry Division ARVN. Supervision of medical civil action programs in the Xuan Loc area, Long Khan, Bien Hoa, Phuoc Tuy and Binn Tuy Province included treatment and evacuation of wounded US and ARVN personnel. In order to accomplish these duties, SGM Higgins conducted several key infrastructure projects that saw the construction of crucial assets including an underground dispensary for the care of US Advisory Air Force and Special Forces personnel within Xuan Loc area.
The participation in the formulation of a medical company in support of the 10th Infantry Division in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and responsibility for all enlisted medical personnel assigned to MACV Advisory Team 87 has given SGM Higgins a unique personal vantage point from which to document some fascinating elements of the Vietnam conflict through the means of photography.
After receiving numerous awards for his accomplishments during the Vietnam War, SGM Higgins went on to complete his US Military career with successful duties in Okinawa, Hong Kong and Australia.
With lessons learned from his years of outstanding service in a range of scenarios, SGM Higgins went on to become just as constructive and successful in his civilian career. His significant accomplishments include the renowned development of child care programs and facilities that have greatly impacted the lives of many children as well as established a legacy of care that continues today.
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