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Letter to May Ruth Muza

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Admin/Biog History Earl Valentine Muza was born in Oshkosh, WI November 24, 1915. 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, 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.
Classification Archives
Collection World War II Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Letter to May Ruth Muza from Randall Jacobs, Vice Admiral, USN, The Chief of Naval Personnel

NAVY DEPARTMENT
BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL
WASHINGTON 25. D. C.

Mrs. May Ruth Muza
107 Central Avenue
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Dear Mrs. Muza:

I am proud to inform you that your late husband, Earl Valentine Muza, Seaman Second Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his services as set forth on the following occasion:

"For heroic achievement 'While attached to LST 289 when that ship was attacked by enemy E Boats off England, on April 28, 1944. With his vessel's engines crippled and fires raging, MUZA returned to the stern of the ship and carried a wounded man to the wardroom. With utter disregard for his own personal safety, he went back again into the wreckage to search for another member of the crew but was fatally injured in this hazardous undertaking. MUZA's extreme bravery and valiant self sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

In view of the fact that the permanent citation contains information which at present is confidential, it must be retained in the Bureau until such time as the need for secrecy is past. It will be forwarded to you at a later date.

The medal is' being forwarded to you under separate cover by registered mail. Please acknowledge receipt on the enclosed form.

Sincerely yours,

Randall Jacobs
Vice Admiral, USN
The Chief of Naval Personnel
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.11.1.2
Object Name Letter
People Muza, Earl Valentine
Muza, May Ruth
Subjects World War II
United States Navy
Ships
Shipwrecks
Casualties
European Theater of Operations
Heroes
Awards
Title Letter to May Ruth Muza
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