A 1953 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Vice Admiral Kauderer first served in the destroyer, USS THE SULLIVAN (DD-537), and then as Executive Officer in the minesweeper, USS HUMMINGBIRD (MSC-192). He attended Submarine School in New London, Connecticut in 1957.
Following qualification in the radar picket submarine USS RATON (SSR-270) in 1958, he was selected for the nuclear power program and attended a year of training in New London, Connecticut and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He then served as Damage Control Assistant in the Polaris missile submarine USS ROBERT E. LEE (SSBN-601); as Engineer Officer in the attack submarine USS SKIPJACK (SSN-585); and then as Executive Officer in the USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN-631).
Command of the nuclear attack submarine USS BARB (SSN-596) from 1966 to 1970 was followed by command of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and command of the submarine tender USS DIXON (AS-37) from 1973 to 1975. He next served on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, first as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Management, and then as Chief of Staff. Following selection to Rear Admiral in 1977, he served as Commander Submarine Group FIVE in San Diego. In 1979, he was ordered to Washington, D.C. as Deputy Director, Research, Development, Test and Evaluation on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. In June 1981, he assumed command of the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving there until June 1983, at which time he was promoted to Vice Admiral and assigned as Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He served concurrently as Commander Submarine, Allied Command Atlantic, and as Commander, Submarine Forces, Western Atlantic, both NATO posts.
Vice Admiral Kauderer retired from active duty on 1 August 1986 after 33 years of naval services. He is presently a consultant to industry and government. He served as President, Naval Submarine League for five years and as a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.
In addition to the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Occupation Services Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Viet Nam Service MEdal. For his work with the National Security Industry Association ASW Committee, he received the Meritorious Public Service Award.