Burrell Curry Hassett Jr., 70, a retired Army colonel who was heavily decorated for his service as an artillery officer in two wars, died of cancer Oct. 10 at his home in Falls Church.

Col. Hassett was born in Memphis. In 1940 he graduated from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the football and track teams and was commissioned in the Army through the ROTC.

During World War II, he served in Europe as an artillery battery commander. During the Korean War, he commanded an artillery battalion.

His military decorations included the Silver Star, the Soldier's Medal, the Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre.

Peacetime assignments took Col. Hassett to Washington and various other posts in this country. He also served in Italy, where he was assigned to NATO, and to South Korea, where he was a military adviser. He retired from the Army in 1969.

Col. Hassett had been a resident of the Washington area since 1959. He had been a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marie, of Falls Church; two sons, John, of Vienna, and Bob, of Falls Church; four daughters, Mary Anne of Camp Springs, Ann Stein of South Dennis, Mass., Barbara Onda of Sykesville, Md., and Frances Reed of Round Hill, Va.; a sister, Marjorie Salmon of Coral Gables, Fla., and three grandchildren.