KAUFFMAN, Donald, CTRC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
CTR-0000-Cryptologic Technician Collection
Last Rating/NEC Group
Cryptologic Technician Collection
Primary Unit
1969-1970, CTA-0000, NSGA Northwest Chesapeake, VA
Service Years
1942 - 1970
CTR-Cryptologic Technician Collection
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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1922
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Loyal, Wis.
Last Address
Grace Edgewood Assisted Living Facility in Altoona, Wis.

Date of Passing
May 26, 2015
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Golden Dragon




 Military Association Memberships
Post 175
  1945, American Legion, Post 175 (Recorder) (Loyal, Wisconsin) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

CTRC Donald L. Kauffman, USN (Ret.)
U.S. Army 1942-1946, U.S. Navy 1952-1970

Donald Lawrence Kauffman was originally from Loyal, Wisconsin. When asked about his career, he always stated he was a “Military Man”.

After graduation from Loyal High School in 1940, he entered into military service with the U. S. Army and was assigned to the 9th Armored Division, Combat Command B. He entered the European Theater of Operations shortly after D-Day in 1944 and was closely involved in combat operations that included the Battle of the Bulge and as a member of the first unit to cross the Rhine River into Germany. For these actions he received the Presidential Unit Citation. He remained in the U. S. Army of Occupation and was discharged from the service in 1946.

Don attended Whitewater State Teachers College (UW-Whitewater) for a few years and then returned to served in the U. S. Navy in 1952.


Don performed his initial Navy service in the pacific, serving on Johnston Island; Guam; Kwajalein; Atsugi, Japan and Yokosuka, Japan. He then served aboard the USS Henderson, USS Perkins, USS Braine, USS Mullany, USS William Seiverling, USS Hanson and NCU-38 (Navy Cyber Unit).

After attending further cryptologic technician schools at NSA Washington, D.C., and Pensacola,  FL, he went on to serve with the Naval Security Group Activities at Karamursel, Turkey; Bremerhaven, Germany; Zweibrucken, Germany; Edzell, Scotland; Key West, FL; Midway Island; Kami Seya, Japan; Sasebo, Japan and NSGA Northwest, VA. In 1970, after 20-plus years of military service, he retired from the U. S. Navy as a CTRC (Cryptologic Technician Radio Chief).

Military citations and awards included: Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medals, China Service Medal, WWII American Campaign Medal, and the WWII European Theater Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medals, Korean War Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal.
   
Other Comments:
Donald L. Kauffman was a life long member of the Loyal United Methodist Church, and a life member of the American Legion Post 175 of Loyal, WI and the Masonic Lodge F&AM #317 of Owen, WI.

   
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Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the restoration of the French Republic, and contributed to an Allied victory in the war.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France starting at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.

The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June. However, the operation gained a foothold that the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.

Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). A 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than three million allied troops were in France by the end of August.

The decision to undertake a cross-channel invasion in 1944 was taken at the Trident Conference in Washington in May 1943. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed commander of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), and General Bernard Montgomery was named as commander of the 21st Army Group, which comprised all the land forces involved in the invasion. The Normandy coast was chosen as the site of the invasion, with the Americans assigned to land at Utah and Omaha Beaches, the British at Sword and Gold Beaches, and Canadians at Juno Beach. To meet the conditions expected on the Normandy beachhead, special technology was developed, including two artificial ports called Mulberry harbours and an array of specialised tanks nicknamed Hobart's Funnies. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, Operation Bodyguard, using both electronic and visual misinformation. This misled the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in charge of developing fortifications all along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an invasion.

The Allies failed to reach their goals for the first day, but gained a tenuous foothold that they gradually expanded as they captured the port at Cherbourg on 26 June and the city of Caen on 21 July. A failed counterattack by German forces on 8 August led to 50,000 soldiers of the German 7th Army being trapped in the Falaise pocket. The Allies launched an invasion of southern France (Operation Dragoon) on 15 August, and the Liberation of Paris followed on 25 August. German forces retreated across the Seine on 30 August 1944, marking the close of Operation Overlord.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Oct 25, 2015
   
Personal Memories

Memories
After graduation from Loyal High School in 1940, he entered into military service with the U. S. Army and was assigned to the 9th Armored Division, Combat Command B. He entered the European Theater of Operations shortly after D-Day in 1944 and was closely involved in combat operations that included the Battle of the Bulge and as a member of the first unit to cross the Rhine River into Germany. For these actions he received the Presidential Unit Citation. He remained in the U. S. Army of Occupation and was discharged from the service in 1946.

   
Units Participated in Operation

USS No Name (LST-523)

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Coy, Joseph W., PO1, (1944-1950)
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  • Floyd, Clifford Grosvenor, LT, (1942-1959)
  • Freeman, William, PO2, (1941-1945)
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