Retired Army Brig. Gen. William L. Hardick, 72, a decorated veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, died Oct. 1 in a hospital in Danville, Pa. He had congestive heart failure.

A resident of Berwick, Pa., he had made his home in Arlington from the 1960s until moving to Pennsylvania in January.

Gen. Hardick served in the Pacific during World War II, spending part of the war on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. During the Korean War, he commanded an infantry regiment of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea.

He was a native of Rochester, N.Y. A 1931 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he also graduated from the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, and the Strategic Intelligence School.

Gen. Hardick held staff posts in this country, Japan, and Europe. He retired from active duty in 1961 as commanding officer of the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga.

He then worked for the old Technical Operations Research Corp., an Arlington consulting firm, before retiring a second time in 1971.

Gen. Hardick's decorations included the Silver Star Medal, four Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, and the combat infantryman's badge.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Augusta Meyer, and a daughter, Joanne Wise, both of Berwick, and three grandchildren.