Retired Army Col. David Bee McFadden Jr., 59, who served with the antiaicraft artillery for most of this career, died Tuesday at Mount Vernont Hospital. He had an apparent cardiac condition.

His last assigment was as assistant chief of staff, G-5, in the 18th Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He retired in 1972 and had lived in Alexandria since then.

Born in Rockhills, S.C., Col. McFadden graduated from the Citadel in Charleston and earned a master's degree in science from the University of Kentucky.

He had been commissioned in the Army Reserve in 1939, and was a Saunder fellower at George Washington University when he went on active duty in 1942. He served in the Pacific in World War II.

During the eraly 1960s, Col. McFadden served with Joint Chiefs of Staff national Airborne Command post in Washington. He also had tours of duty in Korea and Germany.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit.

Since retirement he had been active in disabled veterans affairs. He helped organize the Ft. Belvoir chapter of the Retired Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor W., and two daughters, Dawn B. and Lois Jean, all of the home: another daughter, Mrs. Mark Johnson, of Columbia, S.C., and one grandchild.