Retired Navy Rear Adm. Raymond N. Sharp, 74, a staff officer and aviator who was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, died of pneumothorax tension due to an immune complex disease Dec. 3 in a hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
During World War II, he first served aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise, then became assistant air officer of the carrier Yorktown in 1943 (the second carrier of that name in the war). He then held a variety of staff positions with carrier groups in the Pacific until near the end of the war.
He commanded the carrier Essex, was a staff officer with the Atlantic Fleet, and commanded a carrier division during the 1950s. He was stationed at the Pentagon in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His last assignment was as commander of the Pacific Missile Range in California before retiring in 1968.
Adm. Sharp's decorations included the Silver Star Medal and two Legions of Merit.
He lived in Fairfax Station from 1968 until moving to Sun City Center, Fla., in 1973.
Adm. Sharp was a native of Tennessee and a 1930 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Sun City Center, and a sister, Rudy H. Hicks of Anderson, S.C.