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Collection TitleCL 28 David Horwitz CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:4/3/2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Gerald and Leon Horwitz in 1993 and 1995. 
Terms:Photographs; United States.  Navy-Aerographers; United States. Navy-Officers; World War, 1939-1945-Naval operations, American

David Horwitz- David Horwitz was the son of Solomon and Lena Horwitz of 632 Euclid Street in Elmira. He received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, and also graduated from their law school in 1938. On December 8, 1942, the day after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy along with his brother Sandy and a childhood friend. He was trained as an aerographer, i.e. weatherman, and served in that capacity with a unit of Marines on Guadalcanal in 1942. In 1943, he was transferred to the USS Curtiss where he was promoted to Ensign. In May of 1943 he was sent back to the States to study at the Harvard University School of Naval Communication and subsequently commissioned as a lieutenant. He was assigned to the USS Emmons in the fall of 1943 and saw action as an escort in Normandy and in Okinawa. On April 7, 1945 the USS Emmons was sunk by a kamikaze attack and Lt. Horwitz was badly burned. He died on April 14, 1945 and is buried on the island of Zamani Shima. His metals and awards include the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star, the Victory Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Bar and theater medals for America, Europe and the Pacific.

Scope:The David Horwitz Collection contains items relating to David Horwitz's service during WWII.  It includes David Horwitz's diary from his time on Guadalcanal in 1942, and his letters home from 1942 to 1943, and contains various letters concerning his death dating from 1945 to 1949.  The collection also includes photographs of David Horwitz dating from 1930 to 1944, certificates of achievement from 1942 to 1943 and several newspaper clippings about Naval weathermen. 
Notes:CL 28 shares a box with CL 26 and CL 27.
Extent.25 linear feet
Date Span1930-1993
AbstractThis collection contains items pertaining to David Horwitz's service in the Navy during WWII. 

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Letter from the office of the Mayor of New York City to Mr. Solomon Horwitz regarding the death of David Horwitz, March 15, 1949. Letter10410
Portrait of David Horwitz, March 25, 1930. Photograph10501
Framed portrait of David Horwitz, no date. Photograph10502
David Horwitz and fellow Cornell University Law School Graduates, 1938. Photograph10503
Aerographer Class #27 from Lakehurst Naval Training Station, June 25, 1942. David Horwitz third from the right, third row from the top. Photograph10504
Navy photograph of the USS Emmons, circa 1944.Photograph10505
David Horwitz at home on 362 Euclid Ave, circa 1932-1936. Photograph10506
David Horwitz at his fraternity house at Cornell University, circa 1932-1936. Photograph10507
David Horwitz at 362 Euclid Avenue on his way to his summer job as a construction worker, circa 1934-1936. Photograph10508
David Horwitz in front of the New York City hotel were he worked as a bell hop over the summer, circa 1934-1938. Photograph10509
David Horwitz on a Long Island beach, circa 1934-1938. Photograph10510
David Horwitz and Bob Hample at Boot Camp in Newport, RI, between December 1941 and February 1942. Photograph10512
David Horwitz at the Lakehurst Naval Station between February and May, 1942. Photograph10513
David Horwitz at the Lakehurst Naval Station between February and May, 1942. Photograph10514
David Horwitz on Guadalcanal during August 1942. Photograph10515
David Horwitz and a Marine Sergeant on Guadalcanal, August 1942. Photograph10516
David Horwitz aboard the USS Curtiss, circa 1942. Photograph10517
David Horwitz's commission record photo, head on.Photograph10518
David Horwitz's commission record photo, profile. Photograph10519
David Horwitz and brother Leon at 362 Euclid Avenue while David was home on leave, June 1943. Photograph10520
David Horwitz home on leave, June 1943. Photograph10521
David Horwitz at the Harvard Communications School, fall 1943. Photograph10522
David Horwitz and brother Leon, spring 1944. Photograph10523
David Horwitz on the USS Emmons, summer 1944. Photograph10524
Photo identification list. Document10525
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