An obituary in Wednesday's editions of The Washington Post about John Anthony Serabian, 57, a retired Marine staff sergeant who died of cardiac arrest Monday at his home in Vienna, erroneously stated that he had been wounded twice and received two Purple Heart medals. In fact, his family said, he was wounded five times and received five Purple Hearts.

John Anthony Serabian, 57, a retired Marine staff sergeant who later was a photoengraver at the Government Printing Office and The Washington Star, died of cardiac arrest Monday at his home in Vienna.

Mr. Serabian, who was born in New York City, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. He served in the Pacific in World War II, was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He served in Korea during the conflict there and received a second Purple Heart for another wound. His other decorations included a Silver Star and two Bronze Star medals.

His duty stations during peacetime included various installations in the United States as well as service in Okinawa and in the Mediterranean. He was stationed at Marine Corps headquarters when he retired in 1963.

Mr. Serabian then went to work for the Government Printing Office, where he learned photoengraving. From 1971 to 1975, he was a photoengraver at The Star. He retired because of a heart ailment.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 110 in Mount Rainier and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in McLean. He also was a member of the Mended Hearts Association, an organization of persons who have undergone heart surgery.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Cecelia, of Vienna; three sons, Dean Gregory, of Bakersfield, Calif., John Anthony Jr., of Herndon, and Michael Joseph, of Vienna; two daughters, Mary Ann Serabian of Alexandria, and Christine Annette Sandifer of Springfield, and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Association of Northern Virginia, 4231 Markham St., Room 225, Annandale, 22003.