Retired Army Maj. Gen. Haydon L. Boatner, 76, died in San Antonio, Tex., Sunday after suffering a heart attack two days earlier.

Gen. Boatner, a 1924 graduate of West Point, attracted national atten-summer of 152, when he put down a rebellion by 80,000 North Korean prisoners at an allied prison compound on Koje Island.

Gen. Boatner took command of the camp after discipline had broken down and another U.S. general had been held hostages by the prisoners. In the weeks following his assumptions of command control was gradually regained. There was one pitched battle in a prison compound, wire service reports at the time said, that resulted in the death of 31 prisoners and one American.

Gen. Boatner ordered the construction of smaller prison compounds and began transferring prisoners to them. North Korean flags, which had been waved defiantly by chanting prisoners, were seized. On June 14, 1952, one month after taking command, Gen. Boatner said, "The worst is over."

During World War II, he had been assigned to the China-Burma-India theater, serving under Gen. Joseph (Vinegar Joe) Stillwell. He participated in the famous march out of Burma.

After Korea, Gen. Boatner held a number of command assignments, including provost marshalal generals of the Army. He retired in 1960. He had won three Distinguished Service Medals.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home in San Antonio; a son, Maj. Gen. James G. Boatner, commander of U.S. Army Forces in Alaska; a daughter, Helene Boatner, of Arlington; two brothers, Col. Mark M. Boatner Jr., of Penrith Plantation, La., and Lt. Gen. Bryant L. Boatner, of Alexandria; a sister, Mrs. Nicholas D.Y. Olivier, of New Orleans, and five grandchildren.