GUSTAV BRAUN Jr.

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GUSTAV JOSEPH BRAUN JR. (Age 94)  

Passed away peacefully at his home in Greenspring Village, Springfield VA on July 5, 2017 surrounded by his family.
 
Born in Camp Benning Georgia to Lieutenant Gustav J. Braun Sr. and Anne Braun, he spent his early childhood traveling with his family to multiple US Army assignments. These included three years in China, Washington, DC, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and The Presidio in California. After entering the University of California at age 16 he enrolled in ROTC. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor his unit was called into service, he celebrated his 20 birthday in Officer Candidate School. Gustav (Gus) landed on Omaha beach 10 days after D-day. One month later Gus volunteered to join the 6th Armored Division and later became part of General Patton's Third Army. After the World War II, he was assigned to the Panama Canal where he met his future wife, Margaret Cauthers. They were married 58 years. Gus served thirty-one years in the Army and retired as a colonel.
 
After retirement Gus worked in the computer and financial industry. Gus was known for his infectious smile, cheerful and giving nature. He served others through Meals on Wheels, The Order of St. Andrew, and more than 45 years of service to St James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
 
Gustav is survived by his daughters, Katherine Braun, Dr. Christina Braun, son in laws Dr. Steve King and Kirk Beckhorn, his grandchildren, Catherine Braun Beckhorn, Victoria Anne King and William Braun Beckhorn. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Cauthers Braun and grandson, Daniel Gustav Braun King.
 
Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Gus's life at St. James Episcopal Church, 5614 Old Mill Road, Alexandria, VA on Monday December 11 at 9 a.m., followed by internment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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St James Episcopal Church
5614 Old Mill Rd
Alexandria, VA 22309
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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10, 2017
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