Braisted, William Clarence, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1914-1920, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
Service Years
1890 - 1920
Medical Corps
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Toledo, OH
Last Address
West Chester, PA

Date of Passing
Jan 17, 1941
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 Military Association Memberships
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)
  1912, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)

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 Duty Stations
Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)US NavyBureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1890-1891, 210X, Army-Navy Hospital Hot Springs, AR
  1891-1891, 210X, USS Vesuvius (1888)
  1891-1902, 210X, Army-Navy Hospital Hot Springs, AR
  1902-1902, 210X, USS Topeka (PG-35)
  1904-1905, 210X, USS Ohio (BB-12)
  1905-1912, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1912-1914, 210X, Commander, Service Forces, Atlantic Fleet (COMSERVLANT)
  1914-1920, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
 Colleges Attended 
University of Michigan-Ann ArborColumbia University
  1881-1883, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  1883-1886, Columbia University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Associations and memberships
  Oct 02, 1912, Washington Man Heads Surgeons1
  Feb 07, 1914, Named Surgeon General1
  Aug 29, 1916, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Feb 11, 1918, Named for Second Term1
  Nov 17, 1918, Entrusted the Health of Our Fighting Forces1
  Jan 17, 1941, Certificate of Death1
  Jan 22, 1941, Buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors1
  Dec 04, 2018, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

William Braisted began his medical career at the University of Michigan from which he graduted in 1883. He received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1886. As an intern and young doctor, he first worked at Bellvue Hospital until 1888 and then moved to Detroit, MI (hospital unknown) until he enlisted in the US Navy on September 26, 1890.

In the early years of his Naval career, he practiced medicine at various military installations as well as aboard ships. Twice during this time, he was decorated by foriegn leaders for service rendered in their countries. He was awarded the Order of Bolivar by the Venezuelan President after taking care of wounded men at Puerto Cabello (1902) and the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emporer of Japan (1905) after representing the Medical Department of the US Navy during the Russo-Japanese War. Note: Most sources state he was awarded the Order of Bolivar while stationed aboard the USS Vesuvius; however, research shows that he was stationed aboard the USS Topeka which was in Puerto Cabello at the time of Venezuelan Crisis of 1902-03.

From 1905 on, William Braisted served at the higher levels of the Navy's Medical Department. He was named the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Science in August of 1905 and was the Fleet Surgeon of the Altlantic Fleet from 1912 until February of 1914. In 1914, he was appointed as the Surgeon General of the Navy and served in that capicity until his retirement on November 29, 1920.
Other Comments:

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for Actions During World War I
Service: Navy
Division: Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Rear Admiral (MC) William C. Braisted, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

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