Through its supply of Southern Yellow Pine wood to a company in New Orleans, Roy O. Martin Lumber Company aided in the construction of the most famous landing craft of all time, the Higgins Boat. These unique boats, built mainly of wood, could operate in shallow water and run across logs and vegetation without damaging their propeller. They were used extensively in WWII island warfare of the Pacific and on the beaches in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944.