Memorial Service at Sea, April 28, 1954

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Record 160/959
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Collection World War II
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Memorial Service at Sea, April 28, 1954.
Year Range from 1954
Event World War II
Year range to 1954
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Outdoor image of a British Navy Memorial Service at Sea, April 28, 1954. The service is being held on the deck of a ship with seven British sailors in attendance. The event is in honor of Earl V. Muza and other US sailors killed in action in 1944.
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 P2003.56.9
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Muza, Earl Valentine
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War II
United States Navy
Memorial rites & ceremonies
Title Memorial Service at Sea, April 28, 1954
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