||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 Harry A. Mettler, former commander of the USS LST 289.
The Famous Globe Hotel
PERSONALLY OWNED AND MANAGED BY HARRY & MARY K. METTLER
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Dear Mrs. Muza,
Thank you most sincerely for your kin4 letter of July 20th. I was grateful both for your thoughtfulness and for the confirmation of my request to the Navy that the pictures sent me by the British had been forwarded to next of kin.
As Earl had been with us from the early days of the 289, we had the opportunity of learning to know and respect him most highly. His pleasant disposition and willing cooperation made him stand out among an above the average group.
I will inclose a copy of the action report which will give you some details of the engagement in which he was lost.
Harry A. Mettler
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||Muza, Earl Valentine
Muza, May Ruth
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||Letter to May Ruth Muza
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