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Description Victory pin. V-shaped with raised bezel circular frame holding small black & white picture of wearer's husband, Earl Valentine Muza; gold colored with red and blue inlay; "U S (star) A". Missing attachment from back; back has raised lettering "STERLING".

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-0.75 L-0.875 inches
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Metal/Paper
Object ID 2003.56.8
Object Name Pin
Owned Muza, May Ruth
People Muza, May Ruth
Muza, Earl Valentine
Related Publications Larson, Bradley G. "Voices of History 1941-1945". Oshkosh Public Museum, 2003.
Used Muza, May Ruth
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