|Born||24 October 1917|
|Died||21 November 1996(aged 79)|
|Place of birth||Wiener Neustadt, Austria|
|Place of death||Wiener Neustadt, Austria|
|Years of service||1936–1945|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Franz Dutter (24 October 1917 – 21 November 1996) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (21 September 1939)
- 1st Class (13 October 1939)
- Wound Badge
- in Black
- in Silver
- Honour Roll Clasp of the Army (17 October 1944)
- Infantry Assault Badge in Silver (22 January 1942)
- Close Combat Clasp
- in Bronze (10 May 1944)
- in Silver (25 May 1944)
- in Gold (20 November 1944)
- Eastern Front Medal (15 August 1942)
- German Cross in Gold (9 October 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 20 March 1944 as Major and II./Grenadier-Regiment 2 
- Ärmelband Kurland
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 141.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Berger, Florian (2004). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold. Selbstverlag Florian Berger ISBN 3-9501307-3-X.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.