Eugene Paul Famiglietti, 48, editor of the Army Times and a former war correspondent in Vietnam, died Monday at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack. He was stricken while attending a church picnic in Bethesda.

Mr. Famiglietti was chief Army correspondent for the Army Times for more than a decade before being named assistant editor of the publication in 1971. He also was a war correspondent in Vietnam for both the Navy Times and the Air Froce Times, in addition to the Army Times, and Specialized in helicopters and military hardware. He was named editor of the Army Times in 1973.

He was coauthor of "Ramparts We Watch," a college textbook on U.S., Soviet and Chinese military resources and edited a report on helicopters called "Hovergram." He frequently lectured at the Army and National War Colleges.

Born and reared in Washington, Mr. Famiglietti graduated from Gonzaga College High School, where he was a member of the 1949 parochial-public high school championship football team.

He attended Devitt Prep School here and then served in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

A 1958 graduate of the University of Maryland, he worked for the National Catholic Welfare Conference and the Catholic Standard newspaper while attending the College of Business and Public Administration there.

Mr. Famiglietti lived in Bethesda and had been active in the Catholic Youth Organization and the Merrick Boys Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Higgins, three sons, Brian, Gene and Guy, and three sons, daughters, Mary Pat, Julie and Beth, all of Bethesda; two daughters, Cara Burke of Woodbridge, Va., and Laura Famiglietti of Towson; his mother, Lenora, and a brother, Leonard, both of Washington; and a grandchild.