Ret. Col. John E. Maier, 57, a 36-year Army veteran who saw action in World War II and Vietnam, died Saturday at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. Tex. after a brief illness.

A third generation Washingtonaina, Col. Maier enlisted in the Army in 1937 after graduating from Gonzaga High School.

During World War II, Col. Maier participated in campaigns in New Guinea and on Leyle and Luzon. He also served tours in Taiwan, Korea, and Germany.

Col. Maier'e final assignment was Deputy Commander of Installations at the White Sands Missile Testing Range in New Mexico.

As a senior U.S. Army Logistics Office, Col. Maier commanded major inficer, Col. Maier commanded major installations, including Sacramento Army Depot, Camp Carroll in South Korea, and Danang Army Depot in South Vietnam.

In 1957, Col, Maier earned a bachelor of military science degree from the University of Maryland.

He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak-leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Unit Citation, and the Meritorius Unit Citation.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy, who is in the process of moving to Bethesda, Rick of Chevy Chase, Doug, of Hobbs, N.M.: and one daughter, Barbara also of Chevy Chase.