Retired Army Lt. Gen. Verdi B. Barnes, 72, a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict who was stationed in Washington from 1952 to 1961, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 24 in a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gen. Barnes was born in California and reared in Arizona. He was a 1928 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He participated in the Allied landing in North Africa in 1942 as commander of a field artillery battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. He served as the division's chief of staff before the war's end.

After teaching at the National War College, Gen. Barnes was sent to Korea in 1951 as commander of the 3rd Infantry Division's artillery. A year later he returned to Washington as deputy commander of the Army War College.

He was stationed at the Pentagon before becoming chief of staff of a joint Army-Navy-Air Force command in the Pacific, in 1961. He retired four years later.

His medals included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Metal and the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters.

Gen. Barnes was a resident of Hawaii.

Survivors includes his wife, the former Jean Foster, of Hawaii; a son, Verdi Lee Barnes of Greenwich, Conn., and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Red Cross.