Retired Navy Cmdr. Charles J. Bauman Jr., 53, whose last assignment was as a logistics planner on the staff of the chief of naval operations here, died of cancer Friday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

He had served on the staff from 1970 until retiring in 1974. Prior to that, he had been a logistics planner for three years on the staff of the commander in chief, Pacific, stationed in Hawaii.

Born in Philadelphia, Cmdr. Bauman served in Europe as an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis after the war and graduated in 1949. He was a member of the Pooley (varsity) football aquad there.

Cmdr. Bauman saw duty on destroyers, carriers, mine sweepers and fleet staffs. His last command was the destroyer, the U.S.S. Leahy, in 1967. He was a training adviser to the Imperial Iranian Navy in 1963-64.

He was a member of the executive board of the Naval Academy class of 1949.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, two daughters, Beth Ann and Charlis, and two sons, Charles III and Brian of the home in Stratford Landing, Va., and a brother and four sisters, of Philadelphia.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Charles J. Bauman Jr. Memorial Fund in care of the Naval Academy class of 1949 secretary, or the Vincent T. Lomardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University.