Name: Otto Schwarz (1923-2006)
Historical Note: Otto Schwarz was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 6, 1923 and died on August 3, 2006 in Lyons, New Jersey. He dropped out of high school and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941. Mr. Schwarz survived the sinking of the U. S. S. Houston in 1942 in Java. He spent three and a half years as a prisoner of war working on the Burma-Thailand Railway. Mr. Schwarz was awarded the Purple Heart, American Defense service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Philippine Defense Medal with one star, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He married Gertrude Emma Schwarz in 1946. After leaving the Navy he worked for the United States Postal Service where he had a thirty-seven year career. He retired in 1980. In the late 1940s he founded the U. S. S. Houston (CA30) Survivors Association and Next Generation. His work on environmental issues and preservation of wooded land around Union, New Jersey was recognized with the naming of the Otto Schwarz Woods in 2003. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.
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