Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arthur Fremont Binney, 71, an aviator and veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, died of cancer Tuesday at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

He had lived in Washington since his retirement in 1963 as deputy commander, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic in Norfolk, an assignment he has held since 1961.

Born in Big Rapids, Mich., Gen. Binney graduated from the Naval Academy at Annpolis in 1928, when he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. He was designated an aviator in 1930.

Before World War II, he saw service in Nicaragua and several tours of duty at Quantico, becoming an early leader in aviation electronics.

Gen. Binney served with Marine Air Group 13 in the Ellice and Marshall Islands in the Pacific in World War II. In the last year of the war, he headed aviation personnel at Marine Corps headquarters in Washington.

He then was naval attache for Central America until 1948. He then became electronics director in the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, here.

In Korea in 1952, Gen. Binney was chief of staff, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and then commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 33.

He later commanded aircraft wings in Japan and at Cherry Point, N.C., and was aviation director at Marine Corps. headquarters here in 1960 and 1961.

After retiring from the military, Gen. Binney worked for a number of years at the Research Analysis Corp. in McLean.

He was a member of the C&O Canal Association and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association.

He is survived by his wife, Jean S., of the home; a daughter, Beth Hartley, of Coral Gables, Fla; a son, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Douglas C. Binney, of Alexandria, and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.