By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

Although undesirable eyesight saved him from receiving a fee within the U.S. army while he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933, Draper Kauffman grew to become a hero of underwater demolition in international conflict II and went directly to a uncommon naval occupation. this day Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His brilliant wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, constructing bomb disposal faculties, and organizing and major the Navy's first demolition devices is the point of interest of this biography written via Kauffman's sister. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, who is also the aunt of President George W. Bush, attracts on family members papers in addition to army files to inform Kauffman's tale for the 1st time. decided to protect the reason for freedom lengthy sooner than the U.S. ever entered the struggle, Kauffman was once taken prisoner via the Germans as an ambulance driving force in France, and after his unencumber joined the Royal military to defuse delayed-action bombs in the course of the London blitz. After Pearl Harbor his eyes have been deemed enough and he used to be given a fee within the U.S. Naval Reserve. together with his adventure, he was once requested to set up an underwater demolition tuition in castle Pierce, Florida, the place he in my opinion knowledgeable males to defuse bombs and neutralize different submerged hazards. His males have been despatched to demolish the stumbling blocks put in via the Nazis at Normandy, and Kauffman himself led underwater demolition groups within the Pacific at Saipan, Tinian, and Guam and later directed UDT operations at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His males have in mind him as a very good chief who led through instance. He proficient and fought along them, impervious to probability. as a result of the excessive criteria he set in case you turned "frogmen,"thousands of yank lives have been stored in global struggle II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early proven UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of guys of outstanding braveness is carried on by means of military Seals. this can be his legacy to the U.S. army and his country.

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