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By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

Although undesirable eyesight saved 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 international struggle II and went directly to a individual naval profession. at the present time Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His unbelievable wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, developing bomb disposal faculties, and organizing and top 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 relations 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 earlier than the U.S. ever entered the struggle, Kauffman used to be taken prisoner through the Germans as an ambulance motive force in France, and after his unlock joined the Royal army to defuse delayed-action bombs in the course of 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 event, he was once requested to set up an underwater demolition university in citadel Pierce, Florida, the place he in my opinion expert 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 account him as a superb chief who led via instance. He knowledgeable and fought along them, impervious to hazard. as a result of the excessive criteria he set if you happen to turned "frogmen,"thousands of yank lives have been stored in international struggle II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early proven UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of guys of striking braveness is carried on by way of military Seals. this can be his legacy to the U.S. army and his country.

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