Retired Army Maj. Gen. Philip C. Wehle, 72, commanding general of the Military District of Washington from 1963 to 1965, died of cancer Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

As head of Army units here, he assisted in the funeral arrangements for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover and Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It was his last assignment before retiring in 1965.

Gen. Wehle, who was a field artillery officer, served in the Pacific and European theaters during World War II.

After the war, he saw duty in Heidelberg, Germany, and in the mid-1950s was sent to Korea as an adviser to Korean army units. He also was chief of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Paris, France, during 1959-62.

He held the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and French and Korean decorations.

Gen. Wehle was born in Westport, Conn. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1930.

After his retirement from military service, he joined the technical staff of Research Analysis Corp. in McLean. He also taught history and English at The Heights School in Washington until his second retirement in 1973.

He had lived until recently at the family home, Indian Banks, in Farnham, Va.

He is survived by six children, Philip C. Jr. and Cleveland P., both of McLean, Jennifer W. Krasinski and Breanda W. Altman, both of Minneapolis, Stephanie W. Copeland, of St. Louis, and Terence J., of Williamsburg, Va., and seven grandchildren.