WORLD WAR II
Earl Valentine Muza

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Record 158/959
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Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Earl Valentine Muza.
Year Range from 1944
Event World War II
Year range to 1944
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Bust view image of Earl Valentine Muza. He is wearing a Navy pull-over or jumper with scarf and cap. Probably taken shortly after graduation from Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illionois. A copy of this image was made shortly after the war by the Oshkosh Public Museum and is P2005.20.6.
Earl Valentine Muza was born in Oshkosh, WI November 24, 1915, the son of John Muza. He attended Oshkosh High School and worked for Deltox Rug Company. He married May Ruth Granberg on September 21, 1940. He entered the United States Navy on November 24, 1943. After completing his training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, he was assigned to the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 289 in the European Theater. During practice landings for the D-Day Invasion on April 28, 1944, his ship and others were attacked by German E-boats off the coast of England near Slapton Sands. Earl rescued one shipmate and was attempting to rescue another when he received a compound fracture to the head. He died shortly after and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. His body was returned to Oshkosh and buried her on July 20, 1948.
Object ID P2003.56.6
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Muza, Earl Valentine
Print size 6.5" x 9"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
World War II
United States Navy
Casualties
Ships
Shipwrecks
Heroes
Awards
Title Earl Valentine Muza
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