Retired Navy Capt. Wilfred Bradley Goulett, 76, a communications and electronics officer, died Tuesday at his summer home in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, after a heart attack. He lived at Carl Vinson Hall in McLean.
At his retirement in 1954, he was commander of the Long Beach group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Long Beach, Calif. In 1957, he returned to the Washington area, where he had been stationed earlier, and became executive vice president of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association here for two years.
Capt. Goulett was born in Monroe, Conn. He graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1925, and after five years of sea duty took postgraduate work in communications engineering there. He earned a master's degree at Yale University.
Before World War II, he saw duty aboard battleships, commanded transports and was assigned to the Bureau of Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory and the office of chief of naval operations here.
He was assigned to the tanker USS Neches, when it was sunk at the outbreak of World War II. During 1943-45, he was electronics officer on the staff of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
After the war, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., commanded a transport division in the Mediterranean, was commanding officer of the naval saation at Long Beach and then served on the staff of the joint chiefs of staff before his final tour of duty. His decorations included the Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth J., of Vinson Hall; three daughters, Barbara Joan Allen, of Mount Horeb, Wis.; Susan Bradley mabry, of Davenport, Iowa, and Jean Marie Fredett, of Cincinnati; two stepsons, Ernest J. Owen, of Annandale, and David E. Owen, of Chicago; a sister, Marie Goulett, of Rochester, N.Y., and 16 grandchildren.