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By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

Although undesirable eyesight stored him from receiving a fee within the U.S. military while he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933, Draper Kauffman turned a hero of underwater demolition in international conflict II and went directly to a exceptional naval profession. this present day Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His marvelous wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, constructing bomb disposal faculties, and organizing and best the Navy's first demolition devices is the point of interest of this biography written by means of 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. decided to guard the reason for freedom lengthy sooner than the U.S. ever entered the warfare, Kauffman used to be taken prisoner by way of the Germans as an ambulance motive force in France, and after his unlock 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 event, he was once requested to set up an underwater demolition university in castle Pierce, Florida, the place he individually proficient 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 a good chief who led via instance. He expert and fought along them, impervious to chance. a result of excessive criteria he set if you grew to become "frogmen,"thousands of yankee lives have been stored in global battle II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early proven UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of fellows of striking braveness is carried on by means of military Seals. this is often his legacy to the U.S. military and his country.

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