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Peter Joseph ("PJ") Braun (#46869838)
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Bio Photo I've included my full name, since I was named after my paternal & maternal grandfathers... & after all, this site IS all about family. That being said, my friends & collaborators typically just call me "PJ".

Now "actively" retired (as an adult, I've had two separate careers; first = US Navy for 21 years, retiring as a MCPO aka "Master Chief" [E-9]; followed by 24 years of Washington state public service as a master training specialist/performance consultant.)

Born in Melrose (Stearns County, which is in central Minnesota) & later raised in the suburbs of Saint Paul, MN; I now live in Port Orchard, WA, which is 25 miles north of Tacoma -- across Sinclair Inlet from Naval Base Kitsap & the Bremerton Naval Shipyard.

I've spent the past 15+ years actively researching my family history, as well as my wife's family. Our primary surnames include Braun, Fahnhorst, Wotzka, Vorgert, Rezachek, Iverson, Dyx/Deeks/Schmidt & Wrublewski.

Most of these families are, at least originally, from the upper-Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, & Michigan.

Over the past few years, I have started to create memorials (or add flowers/notes & life details/family links to previously established memorials) for my military brothers & sisters-in-arms who honorably served our great country. When I can find the data, I have chosen to create FAG memorials for their parents; so future researchers will get a more robust picture of who they were in life.

I have a special respect for those who were combat wounded & showed their courage-in-action; especially those who made the supreme sacrifice for our freedoms and have grave markers adorned with the "Purple Heart"... "Sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless."

While researching into my primary families, I've also tried to help other family researchers by creating linked memorials on this site. Over 70% of the memorials I've created (or "adopted") over the years are for members of my extended family trees... ALTHOUGH, some of them are WAAAAAY out there... on some pretty tiny branches.

My "strategy" has been simple... as soon as I complete my research on an individual, I create another memorial. However, while doing this initial "digging", I also try to send verified life details & family "links" as edit suggestions to other "Gravers". ;o)

My goal, over time, is to leave a trail of electronic "bread crumbs" on the Internet to help anyone researching these families. So... if you're related to someone on my list of memorials, feel free to contact me at the e-mail below & I'll share what I have on them. AND, if your relationship is closer to them than mine, I'll definitely consider a transfer request... if you have more to offer than I do.

To hold/share a meaningful memory of an individual, you need to know a bit more "about the dash" -- i.e., what happened to them "between their birth & death dates".

My belief is every individual/family unit has a "story to share"; a "story" that STARTS to become "visible" when you begin to examine where they came from AND where they lived & loved... even more "surfaces" when you examine what they did for a living & "how" they chose to live their lives over the years... what they believed & the values they held; i.e., "what guided them".

My goal in these memorials is to try to tell their story - "as I understand it" - based on my research. I believe if you begin to know their "story"; you will know more about "who they REALLY were".

It's not always a happy or romantic story, but courage when confronting life challenges {even the routine, just-get-through-the-day challenges} is a trait I admire.

I also have a "wee bit of a soft spot" in my heart for those infants who died before they had a chance to live. So when I have some "extra" time I will research a Stearns County Cemetery to try to add some more details to their FAG memorials & try to connect these infants with their parents & siblings.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka..."Dr. Seuss" -- [1904–1991].

If you have additional data to share that can enhance these memorials, please contact me by e-mail or by submitting your information through Find-A-Grave. Namasté, "PJ"
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Technically I only took a picture of a picture, but you can certainly use any photos. Photo by Kate is just fine if you must cite something....
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