Although bad eyesight kept him from receiving a commission in the U.S. Navy when he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1933, Draper Kauffman became a hero of underwater demolition in World War II and went on to a distinguished naval career. Today Admiral Kauffman is remembered as the nation's first frogman and the father of the Navy SEALs. His spectacular wartime service disarming enemy bombs, establishing bomb disposal schools, and organizing and leading the Navy's first demolition units is the focus of this biography written by Kauffman's sister. Elizabeth Kauffman Bush, who also is the aunt of President George W. Bush, draws on family papers as well as Navy documents to tell Kauffman's story for the first time.
Elizabeth Kaufman Bush was the daughter of Vice Admiral James Kauffman the daughter-in-law of former U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush, sister-in-law of her husband's younger brother, former President George H.W. Bush, and aunt to former President George W. Bush. She died in early 2014.