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Fred A. Bantz (June 25, 1895 – September 22, 1982) was an official in the United States Department of the Navy during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Bantz joined J. C. Penney in 1922 as a buyer. He rose through the ranks, becoming a J. C. Penney vice president in 1950.

In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed Bantz as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Material), a post he held until 1959. At that time, President Eisenhower nominated Bantz as Under Secretary of the Navy and he served in that capacity from June 8, 1959 to January 20, 1961.

Bantz was active in charity work in the 1960s, serving as chairman of the fundraising committees of the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.

He died at his home in Delray Beach, Florida on September 22, 1982, at the age of 87.


Government offices
Preceded by
William B. Franke
Under Secretary of the Navy
June 8, 1959 – January 20, 1961
Succeeded by
Paul B. Fay

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