John E. Bradley, 77, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who had served extensively in the Far East and who was working for the Central Intelligence Agency when he retired from active duty in 1962, died of cancer Oct. 7 at his home in Falls Church.

Col. Bradley was born in China to missionary parents. He graduated from Davidson College and was a teacher, coach and administrator in schools in North Carolina before beginning his active Army service in 1942.

During World War II, he served in the China-Burma-India theater where he instructed Chinese troops. In 1946, he became an assistant military attache in Peking, a post he later held in Taipei. He was a translator at the truce talks that resulted in the end of the Korean War. His decorations included the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

Col. Bradley was a member of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, where he had been an elder, taught Sunday School and sung in the choir.

He also had been a Little League baseball coach and umpire. He was a member of the International Order of World Wars and the Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Myra W., of Falls Church; a son, John E. Jr., of Limestone, Maine; a daughter, Anne B. Tyler of Alexandria; two sisters, Julia B. Robinson of Glade Spring, Va., and Dr. Anne B. LoGrippo of Pleasant Ridge, Mich., and six grandchildren.