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Record 512/959
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Description Campaign medal. Gold colored medallion suspended from a brown, green, white, red, blue and black stripped ribbon; small metal ring attachment between medallion and ribbon; metal bar with straight pin attachment on back of ribbon. Medallion has raised design of troops, ships and planes under "EUROPEAN/AFRICAN MIDDLE/EASTERN CAMPAIGN"; reverse has raised image of eagle in profile, "1941/1945" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".

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 here on July 20, 1948.
Dimensions W-1.375 L-2.75 inches
Event World War II
Year range to 1944
Material Metal/Cloth
Makers mark W inside recessed circle
Object ID 2003.56.5
Object Name Medal
Owned Muza, Earl Valentine
People Muza, Earl Valentine
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