Howard E. Camp, 87, a retired Army colonel who served in the field artillery and was a veteran of three wars, died Dec. 14 at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

Col. Camp, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Vermont and a graduate of the University of Vermont.

He served with the Vermont National Guard in the Mexican Border Campaign in 1916. He was commissioned in the Army in 1917 and served in France during World War I.

During World War II, he served in the Southwest Pacific. He was a senior analyst in the Army's Career Records Branch when he retired from active duty in 1953.

He then became a sanitation official for a food catering company at the Pentagon. He retired again in 1965.

Col. Camp was a member of American Legion Post No. 139 in Arlington, Fairfax Chapter No. 10 of the Disabled American Veterans and the 7th Field Artillery Association.

His wife, the former Elsa Dorothy Perkins, died in 1980.

Survivors include a son, Howard E. Jr., of Arlington; two daughters, Phyllis Andrews of Stamford, Conn., and Elizabeth H. Camp of Arlington; three sisters, Elsie C. Wells of Franklin, Mass., Shirley B. Duncan of Salinas, Calif., and Vina D. Worthington of Imperial, Calif., and five grandchildren.