Retired Army Lt. Col. John McGee Bohen, 51, a combat veteran of the Korean conflict and Vietnam war, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Annandale.

A combat infantryman and a master parachutist, he retired in 1972 after two years of duty with the Combat Development Command at Fort Belvoir.

Since them, Col. Bohen had been associate director of housing at George Washington University.

He was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1951 and was commissioned in the airborne infantry. Later, he earned a master's degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Col. Bohen served in Korea in the early 1950s and had several tours of duty in Vietnam in the late 1960s. His Decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dolores Boylston, and four children, Kerry Lynn, John McGee Jr., MicheleSuzanne and Patricia Joan, all of the home; two other daughters, Christina Jacobs, of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Pamela Clark, of Alexandria; two sisters, Mary Ann Price, of San Diego, Calif., and Sister Marian Bohen, OSU, of Indonesia, and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda. CAPTION: Picture, JOHN M. BOHEN