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Purple Heart. Heart shaped medal with raised profile image of George Washington, above is shield with 2 red stripes below 3 red stars on white background, on either side of shield are green laurel leaves; purple with white ribbon; straight pin attachment. Raised lettering on back: "FOR MILITARY MERIT"; incised and black painted lettering on back: "EARL V. MUZA 52 C USNR". 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.
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