America's First Frogman: The Draper Kauffman Story by Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

By Elizabeth Kauffman Bush

Even though undesirable eyesight saved him from receiving a fee within the U.S. army while he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933, Draper Kauffman turned a hero of underwater demolition in global battle II and went directly to a special naval occupation. at the present time Admiral Kauffman is remembered because the nation's first frogman and the daddy of the army Seals. His fantastic wartime carrier disarming enemy bombs, constructing bomb disposal faculties, 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 kinfolk papers in addition to military files to inform Kauffman's tale for the 1st time. made up our minds to shield the reason for freedom lengthy prior to the U.S. ever entered the warfare, Kauffman was once taken prisoner by means of the Germans as an ambulance driving force in France, and after his liberate joined the Royal military to defuse delayed-action bombs throughout 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. together with his adventure, he used to be requested to set up an underwater demolition institution in castle Pierce, Florida, the place he individually knowledgeable males to defuse bombs and neutralize different submerged risks. His males have been despatched to demolish the hindrances put in by way of 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 through instance. He educated and fought along them, impervious to possibility. a result of excessive criteria he set in the event you grew to become "frogmen,"thousands of yank lives have been kept in global conflict II, Korea, and Vietnam. Draper Kauffman's early tested UDT traditions of perseverance, teamwork, and an enduring brotherhood of guys of impressive braveness is carried on by way of army Seals. this is often his legacy to the U.S. military and his state.

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The key to this mystery is, however, literally staring the viewer in the face. Alongside the Corinthian column is a mason wearing an apron. II Their shared interest in freemasonry did not forge the friendship between Nelson and Davison but it did invisibly bind them together. It may also account for the otherwise often enigmatic character of a relationship that survived the acrimonious break-up of Nelson's marriage in 1801 and Davison's imprisonment for electoral corruption in 1804. Nelson's contact with masonic culture also informed the loyalty he felt towards Nelson and His 'Band of Brothers' 3 7 other male friends and colleagues in his circle regardless of their oftenmanifold faults.

16 Unfortunately Fanny does not describe the exact nature of her gift beyond describing 'the devices' decorating it as 'elegant'. In the letter Fanny also reveals how, after she received Davison's lavish present, she passed a happy day with her fatherin-law Edmund Nelson: 'in admiring them and disposing of them in various parts of the room'- terms which accord with an attempt to find the best position to display the coolers. And she cheerfully complained that Davison's generosity had unintended consequences for 'one expense brings on others for I shall exert my judgement in forming a plan for something quite out of the ordinary for them to stand on'.

Yet even in extremis Davison did not neglect the material needs of his 'dear friend' who was seeking funds to improve Merton Place, the house the admiral shared in Surrey with his mistress, Emma Hamilton. 'Command the purse of your ever unalterably affectionate friend', Davison had written without hesitation and with no certainty of being repaid. 2 Although Nelson only needed a few thousand pounds- small beer to a man like Davison who estimated his fortune at £300,000 3 - his agent's casual offer of financial assistance was material proof of the deep well of affection that existed between the two men in the last years of the admiral's life.

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