David Harry Hammer, 85, who was in charge of providing housing for paraplegics for the Veterans Administration after World War II, died of a heart attack Oct. 13 at Georgetown University Hospital.

He also was a retired captain in the Naval Reserves and had served in both world wars. Capt. Hammer had lived in Washington since 1947, when he was appointed to head the VA's newly-created paraplegic housing section. He retired in 1962.

He was a stock broker in Chicago before World War II, during which he served as a navy staff officer on Guam. He later wrote a book, '"Lion Six," about the development on the Guam base. He retired from the reserves in 1956.

Capt. Hammer was born in England of American parents and grew up in the Chicago area. He graduated from the University of Chicago.

He was a yachtsman and wrote a number of articles on the subject. He also was a member of the Army & Navy Club, the Military Order of the World Wars, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Retired Officers Association and the D.C. chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his second wife, Catherine G., of the home in Washington; two daughters, Eleanor Suiter, of Alexandria, and Maribel Silvershield, of Atlanta, by his first marriage, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Heroes Inc., of Washington, a fund for the benefit of families of area police and firemen killed in the line of duty.