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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Certificate of David Horwitz's commission as Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, April 3, 1943. Document10601
Certificate of David Horwitz's successful completion of the general course of junior officer's precommission training program at Norfolk Training Station, no date. Document10602
Gerald Horwitz's account of his brother David's service during WWII, 1993. Document10701
Excerpt from Samuel Morison's "History of U.S. Naval Operations in WWII" dealing with the USS Emmons. Document10801
YANK: the Army Weekly, June 18, 1942. Newspaper10901
Liberty, September 4, 1943. Article about Navy weathermen with a photograph of David Horwitz on page 18. Newspaper10902
Clipping showing David Horwitz and a Marine preparing a weather ballon on Guadalcanal, circa December 1943. Newspaper clipping10903
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