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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
David Horwitz's Steele Memorial Library card.Document10101
Lt. David Horwitz's calling card, circa 1943. Calling Card10102
David Horwitz's Selective Service registration certificate, October 16, 1940. Document10103
One Japanese Shilling, circa 1945. Currency10104
Photocopy of David Horwitz’s diary, June 25-December 9, 1942Manuscript10201
Collection of photocopies of letters from David Horwitz to his parents from Guadalcanal, no dates. Letter10202
Photocopy of David Horwitz's certificate of discharge from the U.S. Naval Training Center in Treasure Island California, May 23, 1943. Document10203
Photocopies of newspaper clippings about WWII, no date. Newspaper Clippings10204
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, May 8, 1942. Letter10301
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz with a clipping of a cartoon, May 12, 1942.Letter10302
Postcard from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, July 2, 1942. Image shows a captain's inspection of an aircraft carrier. Postcard10303
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, March 16, 1943. Letter10304
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, April 8, 1943. Letter10305
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, April 9, 1943. Letter10306
Letter from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, June 25, 1943. Letter10307
Letter and Naval Training School brochure from David Horwitz to his brother Gerald Horwitz, June 28, 1943. Letter10308
Letter from Justice Ely W. Personius to the United States Navy regarding David Horwitz's promotion, January 7, 1943. Letter10401
Navy Department Press Release listing ships sunk by the enemy action in the Pacific from March 18 to April 18, April 20, 1945. Document10402
Letter from Sandy Horwitz to Mr. and Mrs. Horwitz concerning the death of their son, David, April 26, 1945. Letter10403
Official telegram informing Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Horwitz of the death of their son, Lt. David Horwitz, May 10, 1945. Telegram10404
Letter from Joseph O. Fagan of the U.S. Naval Medical Section to Harry Hirsh regarding Lt. David Horwitz's death, May 17, 1945. Letter10405
Letter from Sidney Gold, administrative officer at the Naval headquarters on Okinawa, to Gerald Horwitz regarding his brother David Horwitz's grave, November 20, 1945. Letter10406
Letter from Galen Griffin to Gerald Horwitz regarding David Horwitz's death, December 19, 1945. Letter10407
Letter from Gerald Horwitz to Chaplain Phillip Johnson with his response on the flip side, October 15, 1945 and December 25, 1945. Letter10408
Letter from Lt. Commander K. Steen, USN, Director of Medals and Awards, to Mr. and Mrs. Horwitz regarding their son David's posthumous award of the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon Bar, December 10, 1948. Letter10409
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