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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".

I'm now "actively" RETIRED... ;o)

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've started to collaborate with other "Gravers" (by adding flowers & researching to add life details & family links to established memorials) for my military brothers & sisters-in-arms who honorably served our great country.

I also volunteer some of my time & research skills with the Missing In America Project ( to identify unclaimed cremains found in funeral homes & determine if they are honorably discharged veterans & if so, are entitled to a military funeral/burial in a State or National Veteran's Cemetery.

When I can find life data/details, I create FAG memorials for these veterans & their parents; so future researchers will get a more robust picture of who they were in life.…"Die Liebe Horet Nimmer Auf" (translated from German = The Love Never Ends.)

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


Most of the memorials I've created (or "adopted") over the years are still for members of my extended family trees... ALTHOUGH, some of them are WAAAAAY out there... on some tiny branches.

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 heartfelt belief is that every individual/family 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 tell-their-story - "as I understand it" - based on my research. In my heart I believe that if/when 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.

"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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