Retired rear admiral Carleton Crosby Hoffner, 77, a former commander of the Naval Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Va., and a resident of Arlington for almost 50 years, died at Arlington Hospital Monday following a heart attack.

Adm. Hoffner commanded the Little Creek facility in 1952 and 1953 and then was assigned to the Office of Naval Material in Washington. He retired in 1955 with 35 years of service.

Adm. Hoffner was born in Pine Castle, Fla. He enlisted in the Navy in 1920, and was admitted to the Naval Academy at Annapolis the following year. He graduated in 1925.

He was present at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked it on Dec. 7, 1941, bringing the United States in World War II. His service during the war included the Aleutian Islands campaign and the amphibious assaults on Tarawa, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

His decorations included seven Bronze Star medals.

He was a member of the Army Navy Club in Arlington, the National and Virginia Huguenot societies, the son chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and of Washington chapter No. 3 of the National Sojourners Inc., of which he was a past president and treasurer. He also was a member of the New York Yacht Club and a past commander of the George Washington Camp, Heroes of '76.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Marie Huber Hoffner, of the home, and a son, Carleton Crosby Jr., of Palo Alto, Calif.