Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Thomas M. Salisbury, 65, who had more than 40 years of military and civilian service, died Sunday at Arlington Hospital after a heart attack.

Born in Philadelphia, he enlisted in the Coast Artillery in 1932 and served in China, the Philippines and Iceland, as well as at various posts in this country prior to World War II.

During the war, CWO Salisbury was with the Signal Corps and Air Warnning Service in the European theater. Later he saw duty at Ft. Bliss, Tex., Ft. Meade, Md., Edgewood Arsenal, Md., and in Korea and Turkey.

In 1961, he was assigned to the deputy chief staff, G-4, headquarters, U.S. Army Security Agency here, where he was the configuration manager and technical adviser for all tactical systems in use world-wide by the USASA. He retired from the military service in 1964.

After working for private industry in northern Virginia for two years, CWO Salisbury rejoined the USASA as a civilian and was supervisory supply officer at the headquarters field station in Warrenton. He was promoted to electronics equipment specialist with the USASA Maternal Support Command there in 1970.

He moved back here with USASA later. He was senior project officer in the procurement of complex airborne electronics systems in the acquisition division of the research, development and acquisition staff element of USASA's successor, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, at Arlington Hall Station when he retired for a second time in June.

CWO Salisbury was a member of Fraternity Lodge IIII of the Masons in El. Paso, Tex., and of the Fraquier Royal Arch Chapter No. 25 of the Royal Royal Arch Masons of Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie Louise, of the home in Arlington; three sons, Thomas M. III, Charles C. and William A., and a daughter, Carol S. Stovall, all of Arlington; a sister Mrs. William Wirth, of Trenton, N.J., and a grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.