Monro MacCloskey, 80, a retired Air Force brigadier general who was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, died of respiratory arrest Jan. 29 at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home. He lived in Washington.

Gen. MacCloskey was born at Fort Worden, Wash., and was a 1924 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was commissioned a colonel in the Army Air Forces in 1941.

He served in the Mediterranean theater during World War II, commanding units that dropped supplies and personnel behind enemy lines. He flew in more than 50 of those missions.

His decorations included the Silver Star Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters.

After the war, Gen. MacCloskey was chief of the Air Force's air intelligence policy division and air attache in the U.S. embassy in Paris. He was a graduate of the National War College. From 1954 until retiring from active duty three years later, he was stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base in California, where he commanded an air division and the Western Air Defense Force.

From 1958 to 1960, he was assistant to the president of the Crosley division of Avco Corp. He was a past flag officer of the Corinthian Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Heard MacCloskey of Washington.