||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 A. J. Hobday, Assistant Head Casualty Branch.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL WASHINGTON 25, D. C.
IN REPLY REFER TO
869 53 48
14 June 1954
Mrs. May Muza l07 1/2 Central Avenue Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Dear Mrs. Muza:
The former Commanding Officer of the USS LST 289 to which your husband, the late Earl Valentine MUZA, Seaman second class, 869 53 48, United States Naval Reserve was attached at the time of his death during World War II, as a result of enemy action in the Atlantic Area, has requested that the enclosed picture be sent to you.
In forwarding the above mentioned picture, Lieutenant Harry A. Mettler, USNR, Inactive, c/o The Globe Hotel, Mount Gilead, Ohio, has advised that he had made arrangements through the Naval Attache, British Embassy, Washington, D. C., to have thirteen roses and a wreath put into the water off Portsmouth, England, on 28 April 1954, the tenth anniversary of the loss of the thirteen members of the crew of the USS 1ST 289. This was done by a British Motor Launch, near the scene of the incident, and pictures were made of the memorial ceremony.
By direction of Chief of Naval Personnel:
A. J. Hobday
Assistant Head Casualty Branch
(1) Picture - Memorial Ceremony
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||Muza, Earl Valentine
Muza, May Ruth
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United States Navy
European Theater of Operations
||Letter to May Ruth Muza
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