Retired Navy Rear Adm. Frank Alfred Braisted, 92, who was in charge of "mothballing" hundreds of Navy ships after World War II, died of cardio-pulmonary failure Thursday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.
During the war, Adm. Braisted commanded the transports assigned to amphibious forces in the Pacific from 1942 to 1943. He then headed the operational training command for the Pacific Fleet, a post in which he was responsible for training the officers and men for hundreds of ships. He received the Legion of Merit for this work.
Adm. Braisted's next assignments were as commander of the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and commander of the naval base on Bermuda.
From 1946 to 1951, when he retired, he was president of the Board of Inspection and Survey of the Navy. This was the organization that oversaw the decommissioning and storage of much of the Navy's fighting and transport tonnage during those years.
Adm. Braisted, who lived in Washington from 1946 until last year, when he moved to Silver Spring, was born into a Navy family at Detroit, Mich. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1909.
During World War I, he commanded a destroyer on convoy duty in the Atlantic. In the early 1930s, he commanded a gunboat in Chinese waters. He later commanded the cruiser Trenton and held various posts ashore. He commanded a group of transports in the Pacific at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret Buzard Braisted, of Silver Spring; two sons, William R., of Austin, Tex., and Frank A. Jr., of Rockville, and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Navy Relief Society.