Retired Army Col. Charles Edward Nason Howard, 69, a survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II, died Wednesday at Walter Reed Hospital after a long illness.

From 1959 until his retirement in 1961, he was president of the Army Physical Evaluation Board here.

Born the son of an Army officer at the old Ft. Mott, N.J., Col. Howard had spent part of his youth in Washington. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1931, and was commissioned in the field artillery.

He was assigned to the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and after serving at Army posts in this country, was sent to the Philippines.

Col. Howard commanded a unit of the Philippine Scouts, who fought in the battle for Bataan. Taken prisoner, he survived the Death March and was sent to Japan where he was held prisoner until the end of the war.

He then served at the Pentagon and Ft. Meade, and in Germany, France and Korea, where in 1958 and 1959 he was senior adviser of the 5th ROK Corps.

Col. Howard held many decorations, including the Silver Star and Legion of Merit. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home in Arlington; two daughters, Mrs. Chadwick C. Thomspon, of Ft. Hood, Tex., and Mrs. Henry W. Austin, of Virginia Beach; a brother, retired Navy Rear Adm. James H. Howard, of Alexandria, and five grandchildren.