ZP PAYS RESPECT TO:
Admiral Draper Kauffman
Draper Kauffman is well known as the US Navy’s Founding Frogman, Father of Navy Special Warfare’s UDT/SEAL. However, less known but equally important is that he is also credited as a Founding Father US Navy EOD This is a small tribute to a, Naval Officer, Leader, Visionary, Patriot, and a true American Hero.
US NAVY'S FIRST TWIN PIN
Later in 1944 and ’45, Kauffman would conduct several combat demolition operations in the Pacific Theater, earning his second Navy Cross for actions specific to Saipan. Just prior to the surrender of the Japanese in Toyko Bay, Kauffman led a team to ensure the bay was safe from possible kamikaze boat attacks during the surrender ceremony. 13 October 1945, the UDT veil of secrecy was lifted when a Saturday Evening Post article entitled “They Hit the Beach in Swim Trunks” was published. In 1946, 13 years after graduating Naval Academy, Kauffman finally became a Regular Naval Officer. In 1946, Kauffman participated in some of the first Bikini Atoll nuclear tests. August 1946, organized and commanded the U.S. Navy Radiological Safety School.
1948, Kauffman took command of his first Destroyer, the USS Gearing. Eventually promoted to Admiral, Kaufman’s last tour of duty was as Commandant of the Ninth Naval District, the Great Lakes Naval Training Center
Source: America’s First Frogman: The Drapper Kauffman Story
- Elizabeth Kauffman Bush
"Those who do not create the future they want must endure the future they get"
-Draper L. Kauffan