Retired Army Col. MILTON A. Matthews, 62, who served in the infantry and then in military intelligence, died of liver failure Sunday at a hospital in Laconia, N.H.

During World War II, Col. Matthews commanded a rifle company in the 88th Infantry Division in Italy, until he was seriously wounded. He then began his military intelligence career, serving in Korea, Japan and at Army Pacific Headquarters in Hawaii.He also was a military attache in Turkey.

In the mid-1960s, Col. Matthews became deputy chief of staff for personnel in charge of intelligence and security for the Department of the Army.

His last assignment before retiring in 1970, after 30 years of service, was as chief of combat intelligence at the Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Md.

Following his retirement, Col. Matthews moved to Center Harbor, N.H., where he owned and managed cabins at Lake Winnipesaukee.

Col. Matthews was born in Lawton, Okla. His military decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal, and two Purple Hearts.

His wife Doris J., and a son, John W., both died in 1978.

Survivors include three daughters, MARJORIE S. Stoneking and Jean A. Williams, both of Center Harbor, and Merle Slagle of Lawton, Okla., and 10 grandchildren.