Obit: Braun, Neal Frederick #2 (1927 - 1945)

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Surnames: Braun, McVay, Fresenborg, Olson, Horn, Keiner, Meyer, Smith

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 12/13/1945

Braun, Neal Frederick (16 July 1927 - 1945)

GREENWOOD - Memorial services were held here for Neal F. Braun, victim of the Indianapolis tragedy, while the captain of the ship, Capt. Charles McVay of Indianapolis, faced a court martial in Washington. The memorial for Neal was held last Sunday at Zion Reformed church. The trial of Capt. McVay was proceeding in Washington.

Neal was on the Indianapolis on its last ill-fated cruise. That cruise had the purpose of delivering an atomic bomb, or the makings of one, to the island of Guam. Upon the return trip the Indianapolis was sunk, with the loss of nearly all on board. Neal was one of the more than 800 missing. The charge against McVay is that he did not exercise proper precaution, and was not efficient during the tragedy. Testimony was to be given by Commander Ike Hashimoto, who is supposed to have been in charge of the Jap submarine which sank the Indianapolis.

At the memorial service for Neal Braun, the Rev. B. M. Fresenborg officiated.

During the service Mrs. Daniel Olson and the Misses Martha Horn and Louise Keiner, accompanied by Mrs. Adolph Meyer, sang "Sometime We’ll Understand" and "Good Night and Good Morning."

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Braun, and three sisters, Catherine of Eau Claire; Verna Mae and Jean, at home; his maternal grandfather, Sam Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Neal Frederick Braun was born July 16, 1927, in the town of Reseburg, Clark county. In early childhood he was baptized, was confirmed with the class of 1942, and received into membership of *** Note: The rest of the article was missing.



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