The first stop was at Saipan, Marianas, where wounded were received from the hospitals in the area. The BRAINE proceeded to Eniwetok for fueling and on to Pearl Harbor, celebrating two Independence Days, by crossing the International Date Line on the Fourth of July. This was seen by the crew as recognition for its heroices. At Pearl Harbor the hull patches were strengthened in anticipation of heavy weather enroute home. More men who had been wounded reported on board.
Crews from new destroyers moored alongside the BRAINE and headed for combat were shocked at the damage. Letters to the Captain began to arrive from families of the men killed, or reported missing. Some of the crew who came on board had not written home about the damage the BRAINE had received. Their parents could not believe they were casualties. One woman wrote a sad letter. She had written her husband a “Dear John” letter and she hoped he had not received it.
The voyage to San Diego was just within the BRAINE’s fuel supply. A submarine contact caused some anxious moments, but after several depth charge runs by escorting destroyers, the contact was lost.
The BRAINE arrived at San Diego on 19 July 1945, in heavy overcast, with no radar and only six hours of fuel left. The trip through the Panama Canal was uneventful and the BRAINE arrived at South Boston Navy Yard on 6 August 1945, exactly two years from her departure. On that same day half way around the world, an earth-shaking event was taking place - the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. No member of the BRAINE crew ever disagreed with President Truman’s decision. The ship was scheduled to be repaired and returned to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan. Captain Fitts was relieved as Commanding Officer by Lt. Cdr. Marlin D. Clausner, USN.
The Navy Yard removed all the superstructure to clear battle damage and provide access for maintenance and repairs. The after boiler room casings were extremely damaged. The econimizers were twisted and broken. The safety valve was sheared.
Navy Day was celebrated in October 1945 and the Navy Yard held an open house. Families of crew members who served aboard, including those men killed in action, were permitted on board and visited with crew members about the action the BRAINE and her crew were part of in Okinawa.
Gradually, the ship was being restored to its original configuration and some problems did occur. The main turbine lubricating oil systems had been shut down in August and they did not start again until the following January. The oil in the tanks was too stiff to flow. After some procedures, the oil finally began to circulate. The turbines were put on turning gear to start to remove the sag in the shafts from sitting so long.
The superstructure and all the components from the after stack forward to No. 5 3/8" gun were replaced and rewired. The process of checking connections was long and tedious. The damaged officer’s country was repaired and the superstructure replaced, including the wardroom, combat information center, IC Room and radio shack, as well as damaged armament.
In early 1946, as the time neared for sea trials, personnel moved on board. Many of the experienced officers and petty officers had been discharged and their replacements were new officers and seamen just out of boot camp. The propulsion equipment and control systems were tested along side the dock. At last the BRAINE was ready for sea trials. They were completed and the ship was ordered to Charleston, South Carolina for decommissioning.
The BRAINE departed Boston On March 1946 with only three qualified officers to stand underway watches. The enlisted men were placed on port/starboard watches to man the ship, the boiler rooms, and engine rooms. The North Atlantic was very cold. Heating the ship became a problem. The piping for space heaters had not been connected. As the ship moved south the problem disappeared.
The ship was prepared for moth-balling and finally decommissioned on 26 July 1946.