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 turned a hero of underwater demolition in global warfare II and went directly to a special naval profession. this day Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His mind-blowing wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, constructing bomb disposal colleges, and organizing and prime the Navy's first demolition devices is the focal point 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 files to inform Kauffman's tale for the 1st time. made up our minds to guard the reason for freedom lengthy earlier than the U.S. ever entered the conflict, Kauffman used to be taken prisoner via the Germans as an ambulance driving force in France, and after his unencumber joined the Royal army to defuse delayed-action bombs throughout the London blitz. After Pearl Harbor his eyes have been deemed sufficient and he was once given a fee within the U.S. Naval Reserve. together with his adventure, he was once requested to set up an underwater demolition university in castle Pierce, Florida, the place he in my view informed males to defuse bombs and neutralize different submerged hazards. 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 excellent chief who led via instance. He expert and fought along them, impervious to risk. as a result excessive criteria he set in case you grew to become "frogmen,"thousands of yank lives have been kept in international warfare II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early proven UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of fellows of awesome braveness is carried on through army Seals. this can be his legacy to the U.S. military and his country.
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