||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.
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||Letter to May Ruth Muza from James Forresal.
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL posthumously to
EARL V. MUZA, SEAMAN SECOND CLASS UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For heroic achievement while attached to LST 289 when that ship was attacked by enemy E Boats off Bill of Portland, England, on April 28, 1944.
With his vessel torn by a German torpedo, 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. He gallantly gave his life for his shipmate."
For the President,
Secretary of the Navy
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||Muza, Earl Valentine
Muza, May Ruth
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||Letter to May Ruth Muza
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