Retired Army Brig. Gen. John H. Daly, 61, who served in the cavalry field artillery and air defense branches, died April 7 at his home in Ventura, Calif.

Born at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, he was the son of Col. Charles D. Daly, who was head football coach at the U.S. Millitary Academy at West Point for many years.

Gen. Daly graduated from the Academy in 1936. He served at posts in Texas, New York, California and Hawaii. At the time of his retirement in 1964, he was assistant commander of the Air Defense School at Ft. Bliss, Texas.

He participated in the Leyte and Mindanao landings in the Pacific in World War II and saw combat during the Korean conflict.

Gen. Daly's many decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Penny K. Daly, of the home in Ventura; three children, Charles D., of San Diego, Lt. John H., of Ft. Benning, Ga., and Cornelia B. Daly, of Los Angeles; two brothers, Col. Charles J., of Ventura, and Col. Robert C., of Falls Church, and two sisters, Bea Totten, of Oxnard, Calif., and Ellen Peca, of Akron, Ohio.