By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

Although undesirable eyesight stored him from receiving a fee within the U.S. army whilst he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933, Draper Kauffman grew to become a hero of underwater demolition in global conflict II and went directly to a distinctive naval profession. this present day Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His dazzling wartime provider disarming enemy bombs, constructing bomb disposal colleges, and organizing and top the Navy's first demolition devices is the point of interest of this biography written through Kauffman's sister. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, who is also the aunt of President George W. Bush, attracts on kin papers in addition to military records to inform Kauffman's tale for the 1st time. made up our minds to guard the reason for freedom lengthy ahead of the U.S. ever entered the struggle, Kauffman was once taken prisoner by means of the Germans as an ambulance driving force in France, and after his unencumber joined the Royal military to defuse delayed-action bombs through the London blitz. After Pearl Harbor his eyes have been deemed sufficient and he used to be given a fee within the U.S. Naval Reserve. along with his adventure, he was once requested to set up an underwater demolition university in castle Pierce, Florida, the place he in my opinion educated males to defuse bombs and neutralize different submerged risks. His males have been despatched to demolish the hindrances 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 take into accout him as an outstanding chief who led through instance. He educated and fought along them, impervious to chance. due to the excessive criteria he set if you happen to grew to become "frogmen,"thousands of yankee lives have been stored in international struggle II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early validated UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of fellows of striking braveness is carried on through army Seals. this is often his legacy to the U.S. military and his country.

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