Anton F Bautz

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Anton F. Bautz for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an AC-119K Aircraft Commander in Southeast Asia on 19 January 1971. On that date, Major Bautz flew an armed reconnaissance mission against infiltration routes being used by unfriendly forces. After locating a truck convoy, moving under the cover of darkness, Major Bautz’s aircraft made repeated attacks against the convoy even though his aircraft came under extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire. Major Bautz’s superior airmanship resulted in four trucks being destroyed and six damaged. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Major Bautz reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.