By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush
Even if 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 conflict II and went directly to a exotic naval occupation. at the present time Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His amazing wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, developing bomb disposal colleges, and organizing and major 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 family members papers in addition to military records to inform Kauffman's tale for the 1st time. decided to safeguard the reason for freedom lengthy prior to the U.S. ever entered the battle, Kauffman used to be taken prisoner through the Germans as an ambulance motive force in France, and after his unlock joined the Royal military to defuse delayed-action bombs throughout 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 used to be requested to set up an underwater demolition tuition in citadel Pierce, Florida, the place he for my part educated males to defuse bombs and neutralize different submerged hazards. His males have been despatched to demolish the hindrances put in through 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 keep in mind him as a good chief who led through instance. He knowledgeable and fought along them, impervious to possibility. due to the excessive criteria he set if you grew to become "frogmen,"thousands of yankee lives have been stored in international struggle II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early demonstrated UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of guys of impressive braveness is carried on by way of military Seals. this is often his legacy to the U.S. army and his state.
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America's First Frogman: The Draper Kauffman Story by Elizabeth Kauffman Bush