Peter Joseph ('PJ') Braun

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If you're reading this profile, I assume that either: 1) you came across one of the memorials I've created [or "adopted"] over the years & want to check out my skill-set/background... OR, 2) you are a fellow "Graver" & want to know more about the "grey-haired old guy" who sent you an edit suggestion on one of YOUR memorials.

In either case, here's a bit of my "story"; so you'll know a "wee bit" more about who you're working with... WHY I do what I do & WHY I say what I say!

NOTE: as you can see with a quick glance, my "profile" is quite long/detailed -- I've RARELY been called "succinct." ;o) — but everything I've included helps paint a "fuller picture" of "the guy" you're dealing with. FAIR WARNING... ;o)

I've chosen to use my full name... rather than some "handle" for this site. I was named after my paternal & maternal grandfathers... & this site IS all about family AND remembering special people (direct "kin" & others) who somehow touched our lives.

That said, my friends & collaborators typically just call me "PJ"...

I'm now "actively" RETIRED... ;o)
NOTE: I acknowledge some limited "adult supervision"
— provided by my "ChildBride" (of 53+ years.)

As an adult, I've had two separate careers; first = US Navy for 21 years, retiring as a MCPO - aka "Master Chief" [E-9] {-1965 to 1986-}; followed by 24 years of Washington state public service {-1986 to 2010-} as a master training specialist & workplace learning/performance consultant.

I've spent 20+ years researching family histories... initially, my own, then my wife's family. Most of these families are, at least originally, from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota & Michigan. Many of them NOW have Find-A-Grave memorials. ;o)

But then, over the past 10+ years, I've begun to collaborate with other "Gravers" on this site... by adding "flowers" &/or researching to confirm/suggest life details & family links to established memorials done by other researchers.

These days, I am more focused when I "walk a cemetery"... I bring my camera & take photos of markers for veterans, infants & youngsters. Then I go home, breakout my computer & put on my "researcher's hat"... to see if I can find/confirm life data/details about them &/or their families.

If/when I find a family plot (& later can find enough to "get the ball rolling") I create memorials for the parents/family members of my MILITARY "brothers & sisters-in-arms"; those who honorably served our great country... &/or the infants & kids who died before they had any chance to show us all they MIGHT have done.

Currently, I also volunteer my time & research skills as a genealogist with MIAP -- the Missing In America Project... our mission is to locate unclaimed cremains currently "sitting on the shelf" & see if they were honorably discharged veterans &/or their dependents. If eligible, we arrange for a burial with full honors in a State or National Veteran's Cemetery. "It's the RIGHT thing to do!"

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

Most 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 tiny branches. The rest are for my MILITARY "brothers & sisters-in-arms" (& their families); helping insure THEY & their sacrifices are not forgotten as time passes.

Whenever possible (e.g., when I find relevant/verifiable data) I work to create fairly detailed FAG memorials... so future researchers will get a more robust picture of who these folks WERE during their time here on earth (& the lives they touched).…"Die Liebe Horet Nimmer Auf" (-translated from German = "The Love Never Ends."-)

In my heart, I know that to hold a meaningful memory of an individual, you need to know a bit more "about the dash" -- i.e., what happened to them (and those they loved) in the years "between their birth & death dates".

My heartfelt belief is 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 what I found in my research. 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 personal courage... when confronting life challenges {even the routine, "just-get-through-the-day" challenges} is a trait I admire.

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 want to "finish telling their story."

I freely share ALL my researched data as a gift.

I do this as a heartfelt tribute to my mother {Jeanette Theresa (Fahnhorst) Braun, RN; 1926-2001} who taught her children key life skills by HOW she chose to live her life... "take without forgetting & give without remembering." -- [-Elizabeth Bibesco-]

All my SHARED data in proposed "edit suggestions" comes from verifiable resources. But that said, since it's YOUR memorial, I strongly encourage you to cross-check my inputs and continue your research/"digging"; you may find something I missed... thus the adventure to "better tell their story" can continue!

Mom knew, at the deepest level, that life REALLY IS a "TEAM sport".

"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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