Claren B. Hooper, 50, a retired Air Force colonel who was a decorated veteran of the Korean conflict and the war in Vietnam, died Feb. 19 at his home in Arlington. He had cancer.

Col. Hooper joined the Air Force in 1950 and was a navigator aboard B29s bombers during the Korean war. He received his pilot's wings in 1955. He then flew fighter planes, and was stationed in this country and Europe.

He served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. His last assignment was as chief of the military assistance and advisory group in Peru.

His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit and 14 Air Medals.

After retiring from active duty in 1977, he was government relations manager with the Fairchild-Republic Co. He retired again in January of this year.

Col. Hooper was born in Arkansas and reared in California. He was a graduate of the University of Omaha, the Air War College and the Defense Language Institute.

Survivors include his wife, Janet, a son, Michael Edward, and a daughter, Jennifer Gillet Hooper, all of Arlington; his mother, Ruth Hooper of Canoga Park, Calif.; a brother, James of Diamond Bar, Calif., and two sisters, Bettye Duke of Shreveport, La., and Sammie Spratlen of Canoga Park.