Corporal Higgins was a US soldier stationed at Area 51 in 1957. He served under Sergeant Wycroft. When he, Wycroft and Private Mitchell were left on gate duty during the base's 24-hour lockdown, a bored Higgins, seeing some teenagers racing an army truck, bet his Sergeant that the truck would win. He lost the bet, though, when the teens in their hotrod outpaced the truck. It later turned out that the truck's occupants, supposedly an American army colonel and his men, were actually Soviet soldiers in disguise. They killed Higgins along with Wycroft and Mitchell.